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Author Spillman, Lyn.

Title Nation and commemoration : creating national identities in the United States and Australia / Lyn Spillman.

Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  320.540973 SPIL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 252 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Cambridge cultural social studies.
Cambridge cultural social studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-244) and index.
Contents 1. Comparing national identities -- 2. "Every one admits that commemorations have their uses": producing national identities in celebration -- 3. "Our country by the world received": centennial celebrations in 1876 and 1888 -- 4. "To remind ourselves that we are a united nation": bicentennial celebrations in 1976 and 1988 -- 5. Making nations meaningful in the United States and Australia.
Summary What do people think when they imagine themselves as part of a nation? Nation and commemoration answers this question in an exploration of the creation and recreation of national identities through commemorative activities. Extending recent work in cultural sociology and history, Lyn Spillman compares centennial and bicentennial celebrations in the United States and Australia to show how national identities can emerge from processes of "cultural production." She systematically analyzes the symbols and meanings of national identity in these two "new nations," identifying changes and continuities, similarities and differences in how visions of history, place in the world, politics, land, and diversity have been used to express nationhood. The result is a deeper understanding, not only of American and Australian national identities, but also of the global process of nation-formation.
Subject Nationalism -- History -- Case studies.
Nationalism -- United States -- History.
Nationalism -- Australia -- History.
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1976.
Australian Bicentenary, 1988.
United States -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
Australia -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
ISBN 0521574323 (paperback)
0521574048 (hc)