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National ceremonies: the pursuit of authenticity


Uzelac, Gordana


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Abstract This article asks what, if any, impact national ceremonies have on the formation of national identities. Why are some ceremonies perceived as national and persistent through time, while others fail to achieve that status? It argues that national ceremonies can only be examined as specific types of situations – performances, rather than rituals – characterized by the relationship between performers and their audiences. Following Jeffery Alexander's cultural pragmatics theory, national ceremonies are seen as successful only when a performance is perceived as authentic. A ceremony's authenticity is, at best, a quality of experience among its audience. Only when the audience is transformed into willing participants through a performance's mise-en-scène can a national ceremony be seen as a ritual-like performance. The paper will conclude that the efficacy of these performances is temporary, and that even when a performance succeeds in creating a community of shared experience, that community dissolves with the end of the performance.
Klassifikation politische Willensbildung, politische Soziologie, politische Kultur
Freie Schlagwörter national ceremonies; authenticity; rituals; performances; nationalism; national identity
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2010
Seitenangabe 30 S.
Zeitschriftentitel Ethnic and Racial Studies (2010)
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419871003703243
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)