Re-enchanting Nationalisms

Rituals and Remembrances in a Postmodern Age

  • Brad West

About this book


This book provides original insight into the way we now engage and remember national history. Drawing on fieldwork and analysis of international case studies on state commemoration, memorialization, recreational and tourism  and times of disaster and crisis, the author demonstrates that not only does the nation frequently retain a strong cultural relevance in our global world but that the emergence of new forms of ritual and remembrance means that in many instances we are seeing the re-enchantment of nationalism. Drawing upon and developing an empirically informed cultural sociology, the author charts the distinctive qualities of these new national rites and how they feed into and advance particular cosmopolitan and orthodox national politics.  Because social science has so often wrongly assumed the end of nationalism, the insights of this of the book about the possibilities and limitations of contemporary nationalism demand serious consideration by academics and also by policy makers and the general public.


2002 Bali Bombing Terrorist Act 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Civil Religion Cultural Differences Cultural Sociology Dialogical Crisis Gallipoli and Dialogical Remembrance International Civil Religious Pilgrimage International Tourism National Historical Narratives National History and Contemporary Leisure National Humanitarianism National Identities National Re-Enchantment Re-enacting the American Civil War Recreational Re-enactment War Battle Re-enacting

Authors and affiliations

  • Brad West
    • 1
  1. 1.SociologyUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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