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Title: Mindless markers of the nation’: The routine flagging of nationhood across the visual environment
Authors: Skey, Michael
Keywords: Banal nationalism
Everyday nationhood
Visual studies
Photographic surveys
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © The Author. Published by Sage
Citation: SKEY, M. 2015. Mindless markers of the nation’: The routine flagging of nationhood across the visual environment. Sociology, pp. 1-16.
Abstract: The visual environment has increasingly been used as a lens with which to understand wider processes of social and economic change with studies employing in-depth qualitative approaches to focus on, for example, gentrification or trans-national networks. This exploratory paper offers an alternative perspective by using a novel method, quantitative photo mapping, to examine the extent to which a particular socio-cultural marker, the nation, is ‘flagged’ across three contrasting sites in Britain. As a multi-national state with an increasingly diverse population, Britain offers a particularly fruitful case study, drawing in debates around devolution, European integration and Commonwealth migration. In contributing to wider debates around banal nationalism, the paper notes the extent to which nations are increasingly articulated through commerce, consumption and market exchange and the overall significance of everyday markers (signs, objects, infrastructure) in naturalising a national view of the world.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Sociology and the definitive published version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038515590754
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0038038515590754
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21997
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038515590754
ISSN: 1469-8684
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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