'We wanna show 'em who we are': National Events in England

Skey, Michael (2009) 'We wanna show 'em who we are': National Events in England. In: National Days. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230236615

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Like national identity, national days involve a process of 'othering', saying who you are, as much as who you are not. If some countries (such as Scotland and Ireland) celebrate them far more strongly than their neighbour, England, why is that? Why is there no British day? Why should near-neighbours, Sweden, Norway and Finland, have such different traditions of national remembering? What if a national day and its associations are so tied into a previous political regime that they have become an embarrassment? Germany, Italy and South Africa have undergone radical political changes in the last 60 years, and with these, complex processes of forgetting and remembering. If national days have considerable political significance, whether positive or negative, they are also of major economic worth. Just as 'heritage' is not simply a matter of history, but of markets, so 'national days' have the potential to be major icons of national tourism.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Political, Social and International Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 08:49
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2023 09:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/39691

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