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Everyday Nationhood

Theorising Culture, Identity and Belonging after Banal Nationalism

  • Michael Skey
  • Marco Antonsich

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Marco Antonsich, Michael Skey
    Pages 1-13
  3. Critical Reflections on the Banal Nationalism Thesis

  4. Everyday Practices and Attitudes

  5. Affect

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Elisabeth Militz
      Pages 177-195
    3. T. McCreanor, E. Muriwai, M. Wetherell, H. Moewaka Barnes, A. Moewaka Barnes
      Pages 215-238
  6. The Transnational and the Global

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305

About this book


This edited collection explores the continuing appeal of nationalism around the world. The authors’ ground-breaking research demonstrates the ways in which national priorities and sensibilities frame an extraordinary array of activities, from classroom discussions and social media posts to global policy-making, as well as identifying the value that can come from feeling part of a national community, especially during times of economic uncertainty and social change.  They also note how attachments to nation can often generate powerful emotions, happiness and pride as well as anger and frustration, which can be used to mobilize substantial numbers of people into action. 

Featuring contributions from leading social scientists across a range of disciplines, including sociology, geography, political science, social psychology, media and cultural studies, the book presents a number of case studies covering a range of countries including Russia, USA, New Zealand, Serbia, Japan and Greece.

Everyday Nationhood will appeal to students and scholars of nationalism, globalization and identity across the social sciences as well as those with an interest in understanding the role of nationalism in shaping some of the most pressing political crises- migration, economic protectionism, populism - of the contemporary era.  



migration Europe politics cultural heritage Patriotism

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Skey
    • 1
  • Marco Antonsich
    • 2
  1. 1.LoughboroughUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.LoughboroughUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Michael Skey is Lecturer in Communication and Media at Loughborough University, UK. 

Marco Antonsich is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University, UK. 

Bibliographic information


“This edited volume is a welcome and long-needed contribution revisiting systematically the concepts of banal nationalism and everyday nationhood. … a must-read for all scholars of nationalism and national identity.” (Tamara Trost, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol. 25 (4), 2019)

“Everyday Nationhood has provided a fresh look at Billig’s concept of banal nationalism, rethinking the concept and showing a number of different ways in which nations are reproduced on a daily basis in different national and transnational contexts. In so doing, the book shows how the central theme of Billig’s 1995 work remains undoubtedly relevant.” (Sanja Vico, LSE Review of Books,, April, 2018)

“This book brings together scholarly viewpoints from an array of academic disciplines, including political science, sociology, cultural studies, communication, and ethnography to discuss both the influence and shortcomings of banal nationalism in contemporary society. … the book is well-organized and provides a balanced review of both the insights and restrictions of banal nationalism.” (Dan Ziebarth, Nations and Nationalism, Vol. 24 (04), 2018)