Transforming National Holidays: Identity discourse in the West and South Slavic countries, 1985-2010

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Ljiljana Šarić, Karen Gammelgaard, Kjetil Rå Hauge

Year 2012
Pages 328
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing Company
Language en
ISBN 9789027206381
File Size 18.21 MB
File Format PDF
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How do people construct collective identity during profound societal transformations? This volume examines the discursive construction of identity related to important national holidays in nine countries of Central Europe and the Balkans: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, and Slovakia. The chapters focus on the decades during which these countries moved from communism towards democracy and a market economy. This transition saw revivals of national values and a new significance of regional and transnational ties, entangled with negotiations of national identity that have been particularly lively in discourse concerning national holidays.The chapters apply discourse analysis in addition to approaches from history, sociology, political science, and anthropology. All of the analyses make use of empirical material in the Slavic languages, including newspaper articles, interviews and other media contributions, sermons, addresses, and speeches by members of the political elite. QR Code Online