From theory to practice: Experiencing the nation in everyday life

Catherine Palmer

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This article discusses how the concept of banal nationalism can enable theories of national identity to be related to the lives of ordinary people. It links this concept to three key areas, the body, food and the landscape arguing that these are as much 'flags of identity' as are the more obvious symbols of national belonging: coins, costumes, anthems and ceremonies. It further states that these flags provide a system of reference within which aspects of the material world are used, consumed and experienced. It is, therefore, important to consider how this system operates so that a better understanding can be gained into how a sense of belonging and identity is communicated and maintained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-199
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Material Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • consumption, identity, landscape, the body, theory


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