How do nations come to shape our collective imagination so profoundly? This book argues that the power of national identity and national belonging stems, in part, from the ways in which nationalism is embedded in popular culture.
Comprised of chapters covering a wide range of cases from both the Global North and Global South (including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Europe, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States), the text unpacks the connections between nationalism and film, television, music, and other facets of everyday culture. In doing so, it demonstrates that popular culture can help us understand why and how nationhood has become so deeply entrenched in modern society.
This book will be of interest to scholars of political science, nationalism, sociology, history, media studies, and cultural studies.
Table of Contents
1. Popular Culture and Quotidian Nationalism
2. Donut Nation: Tim Hortons and Canadian Identity
3. Völkisch Vibes: Neofolk, Place, Politics, and Pan-European Nationalism
Robert A. Saunders
4. Contemporary Israeli Television Challenges National Traumas
Adia Mendelson-Maoz and Liat Steir-Livny
5. The Burka and Beyond: Burka Avenger, Muslim Women, and Pakistani National Identity
6. triple J’s Hottest 100: Australia’s Largest Music Democracy?
7. Transnational Laughter: Reception and Conservative Policies of Transposition. The Case of The Nanny and Married with Children
Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns
8. Understanding Nationalism in Popular Culture through the Lenses of Affect and Circulation
9. "Nothing Here Is What It Seems": Firefly, Anti-Statism, and American National Identity
Tim Nieguth is Associate Professor of Political Science at Laurentian University. His research centres on nationalism, popular culture, and state apologies; his work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Nations & Nationalism, and Space & Polity, among others. Dr. Nieguth is the editor of The Politics of Popular Culture and co-editor of Investigating Shrek.