Transforming National Holidays

Identity discourse in the West and South Slavic countries, 1985-2010

ORCID logoLjiljana Šarić | University of Oslo
Karen Gammelgaard | University of Oslo
Kjetil Rå Hauge | University of Oslo
ISBN 9789027206381 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027272973 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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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.
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“The case-studies presented in the volume will undoubtedly be valuable to students and scholars interested in the interaction between politics and culture in Central and Southeast Europe. The major strengths of the work as a whole are that it indicates the instability and dynamics of collective identity discourse during the transformation processes in the region and that it convincingly introduces national holidays as a fruitful source to analyse collective self-understanding.”
“The variety and the relevance of the contents are outstanding [...]. It offers a satisfying state of the art on memory studies on East and South East Europe, and, understandably, it also raises questions for future research.”
“It offers an excellent example of detailed understanding by means of discourse analysis of the transformation of national holidays and identities. Deep insights into these historical events and public debates are fully shown in the textual and semiotic analysis.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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