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Michael Billing makes a provocative argument in a field that, as he rightly points out, takes the idea of the nation for granted. He provides a compelling answer to the postmodern claim that nationalism is waning. Also, in a masterful demonstration of the application of the study of banal nationalism, he identifies the underlying inconspicuous nationalist thread in the seemingly cosmopolitan work of Richard Rorty.
Review: Banal NationalismUser Review - Benson Hawk - Goodreads
Billig's key insight--that nationalism is best understood as the subtle, un-noticed, and yet ubiquitous markers of statehood that we live with--is hugely important. That being said, this thesis could have been defended in a solid article in a professional journal. Read full review
Review: Banal NationalismUser Review - Malcolm - Goodreads
This is one of my basic academic texts. Billig gets beyond the idea that nationalism is only a big political idea that happens out there, to unpack ways that it is in the everyday – the shape of the ... Read full review