Analysis Of Billigs ' Banal Nationalism By Michael Billigs

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To begin with, the essential notion of Michael Billigs’ Banal Nationalism book is that, in the established nations, there is a common ‘flagging’ of nationhood. Where the established nations are those states that have certainty in their own permanence, and that are in particular appear to be part of what is orthodoxly portrayed as ‘the West’. However, the political leaders of such nations are not normally characterized as ‘nationalists’. Nationhood provides a continual background for political discussions, for cultural goods, and even for the arranging of newspapers.

In so many slight behaviors, the community is regularly reminded of the certain national place in a world of nations that they belong to. Conversely, this reminding is so acquainted and frequent that it is not calculatingly registered as reminding. The metonymic image of banal nationalism is not a flag that is being intentionally swayed with ardent passion, but the flag hanging unnoticed on the public building. In other words, the expression banal nationalism itself was introduced to shelter the intangible habits that empower established nations of the West to be replicated. It can be contended that these habits are not distant from everyday life, as some observers have supposed. Furthermore, the nation is designated, or ‘flagged’, in the lives of its community. “Nationalism, far from being an erratic disposition in established nations, is the endemic condition." (Billing, 1995, p.6) As a particular amount of…
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