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Title: Near and far: banal national identity and the press in Scotland
Authors: Law, Alex
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Newspapers
Spatial relations of communication
Banal nationalism
Michael Billig
Issue Date: May-2001
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)SAGE Publications, available at DOI: 10.1177/016344301023003002
Citation: Law, A. 2001. Near and far: banal national identity and the press in Scotland. Media, Culture and Society. 23(3): pp.299-317. Avaiable from DOI: 10.1177/016344301023003002
Abstract: Too often study of communicative and cultural processes makes `gratuitous assumptions' about media and collective identities like national identity. This article is a critical engagement with Michael Billig's notion of `banal nationalism', a rare analysis of everyday media rhetoric and nationalism. It does this through a survey of daily newspapers sold in Scotland. Newspapers are plotted according to an index of semantic assumptions they make about where the spatial centre of national communication lies. The newspapers surveyed cluster into three broad national types, ranging from an indigenous Scottish press, Scottish editions of English-based papers, `tabloid interlopers' and the English-based broadsheets. The article argues that Billig's emphasis on the `big state' nationalism of the USA and the UK restricts the analytical scope of `banal nationalism' when studying newspaper rhetoric in a `stateless nation' like Scotland.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/538
ISSN: 0163-4437
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