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Elgenius, Gabriella (2011) 'The Politics of Recognition: Symbols, Nation-building and Rival Nationalisms.' Nations and Nationalism, 17 (2). pp. 396-418.

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Ceremonial initiatives linked to nation‐building projects are highly visible in multiethnic states, where governments seem to have adopted a Durkheimian approach in which ceremonies contribute to the strengthening of communities. However, national ceremonies are not invented or exported to other nations easily, as seen when outlining the pattern of a successful national day. A unifying narrative (sometimes the historical genesis) is significant in the establishment of successful national days, as is the nature of the national day design. The celebrations of the constitution in Norway – and the 77 year struggle to get the Norwegian flag officially recognised – became part of resisting the enforced union with Sweden (1814–1905). Therefore, the growth of Norwegian nationalism must be understood in the context of rival nationalisms in Scandinavia. However, Constitution Day (17 May) has remained a powerful component of Norwegian nationalism long since the constitution ceased to be threatened because of its incorporation in primary and secondary school curricula and, more recently, within the debate on multiculturalism.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Research and Interdisciplinary Centres > International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies (IFCELS)
ISSN: 13545078
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2010 14:42

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