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Title: Jubilee mugs: the monarchy and the Sex Pistols
Authors: Law, Alex
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Punk
British monarchy
Detached belonging
Everyday life
Double declaiming
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: University of Surrey
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the author's final version of this article. Published version (c)University of Surrey, available from http://www.socresonline.org.uk/7/1/law.html
Citation: Law, A. 2002. Jubilee mugs: the monarchy and the Sex Pistols. Sociological Research Online. 7(1). Available from: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/7/1/law.html
Abstract: With rare exceptions sociologists have traditionally had little to say about the British monarchy. In the exceptional cases of the Durkheimian functionalism of Shills and Young (1953), the left humanism of Birnbaum (1955), or the archaic state/backward nation thesis of Nairn (1988), the British nation has been conceived as a homogenous mass. The brief episode of the Sex Pistols' Jubilee year song 'God Save the Queen' exposed some of the divisions within the national 'mass', forcing a re-ordering of the balance between detachment and belonging to the Royal idea. I argue that the song acted as a kind of 'breaching experiment'. Its wilful provocation of Royalist sentiment revealed the level of sanction available to the media-industrial complex to enforce compliance to British self-images of loyal and devoted national communicants.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/549
ISSN: 1360-7804
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