Mythscapes: memory, mythology, and national identity.

@article{Bell2003MythscapesMM,
  title={Mythscapes: memory, mythology, and national identity.},
  author={D. Bell},
  journal={The British journal of sociology},
  year={2003},
  volume={54 1},
  pages={
          63-81
        }
}
  • D. Bell
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • The British journal of sociology
In this paper I seek to challenge the dominant modes of conceiving the relationship between memory and national identity, and in so doing offer analysts of nationalism an improved understanding of the dynamics of national identity formation. The concept of collective memory is invoked regularly in attempts to explain the pervasiveness and power of nationalism. I argue that the concept is misused routinely in this context, and instead I employ a 'social agency' approach to theorizing, whereby… Expand

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