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Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies)

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Publisher Comments:

The authors argue that American patriotism is a civil religion organized around a sacred flag, whose followers engage in periodic blood sacrifice of their own children to unify the group. Using an anthropological theory, this groundbreaking book presents and explains the ritual sacrifices and regeneration that constitute American nationalism, the factors making particular elections or wars successful or unsuccessful rituals, the role of the mass media in the process, and the sense of malaise that has pervaded American society during the post-World War II period.

Synopsis:

Groundbreaking study of American patriotism and the symbolic power of the national flag.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 383-389) and index.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. That old flag magic; 3. Theorizing the flagbody; 4. The totem myth; Death touchers and border crossers; 6. Totem memory and succession; 7. Refreshing the borders; 8. Dismemberment and reconstruction; 9. Fresh blood, Public meat; 10. One size fits all; 11. Epilogue; Appendix 1. The flag in life: Representational politics of the Stars and Stripes David W. Ingle and Carolyn Marvin; Appendix 2. Representative coding categories.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521626095
Editor:
Seidman, Steven
Author:
Ingle, David
Editor:
Seidman, Steven
Author:
Seidman, Steven
Author:
Alexander, Jeffrey C.
Author:
Marvin, Carolyn
Author:
Ingle, David W.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge, U.K. ;
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Political culture
Subject:
Sacrifice
Subject:
Flags
Subject:
Totemism
Subject:
Nationalism -- United States.
Subject:
Political culture -- United States.
Subject:
Flags -- Social aspects -- United States.
Subject:
Totemism -- United States.
Subject:
Sacrifice -- United States.
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge Cultural Social Studies
Series Volume:
195
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 b/w illus.
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.98x6.08x1.05 in. 1.48 lbs.

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