Publication details [#56001]

Sarić, Ljiljana, Karen Gammelgaard and Kjetil Rå Hauge, eds. 2012. Transforming National Holidays. Identity discourse in the West and South Slavic countries, 1985-2010. John Benjamins. xiii+ 314 pp.
Publication type
Book – edited volume
Publication language
Language as a subject


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 papers 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 papers 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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