National Myths: Constructed Pasts, Contested Presents by Gérard Bouchard

By Gérard Bouchard

National myths at the moment are heavily puzzled in a few societies. within the West, for example, a couple of components have mixed to destabilise the symbolic origin of countries and collective identities. for this reason, the prognosis of a deep cultural concern has turn into regular. certainly, who this day has no longer heard concerning the erosion of universal values or the undermining of social team spirit? yet to successfully deal with this factor, will we be aware of adequate concerning the nature and position of myths in glossy and postmodern societies?

Against this history, National Myths: built Pasts, Contested Presents depends upon a pattern of countries from all over the world and seeks to spotlight the functioning of nationwide myths, either as representations that make feel of a collectivity, and as socially grounded instruments utilized in an online of strength relatives. the gathering attracts jointly contributions from foreign specialists to envision the current kingdom of nationwide myths, and their destiny in today’s rapidly-changing society. Can – or needs to – countries do with out this type of overarching symbolic configurations that nationwide myths offer? if this is the case, the best way to reconsider the materials and the way forward for our societies?

This e-book will attract scholars and students attracted to sociology, nationwide, identification and reminiscence reviews, myths, shared ideals, or collective imaginaries.

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4)) were seen as determinative. “Continuity” between domestic and international was understood to be the governing reality (Sylvester, 2009). Developing non-compartmentalized thinking – “ideas and proposals to . . 5) – became a central objective. 5). Present in relation to diagnostic activity, this pattern of argument also appeared in respect of prescriptive. 3). 76) it be modified. Systematic attention was paid to “soft power” and the projection of domestic modes of dispute settlement into foreign affairs (Potter, 2009).

Explanation of that reality was, however, cast in markedly different accents. Discussion moved away from its earlier foundations in the internal logic of English Canada’s situation as a culturally fragmented society without the materials necessary to sustain a unifying national myth (Smith, National imaginaries in a globalizing age 29 1994a). Immigrant attachment to original culture and society was stressed (Iacovetta, 2006). Immigrant links with parent societies through globalized communication became paramount.

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