The affective atmospheres of nationalism

@article{Stephens2016TheAA,
  title={The affective atmospheres of nationalism},
  author={Angharad Closs Stephens},
  journal={cultural geographies},
  year={2016},
  volume={23},
  pages={181-198}
}
  • A. Stephens
  • Published 1 April 2016
  • Sociology
  • cultural geographies
What would it mean to understand nationalism as an atmosphere? This article makes a theoretical contribution to cultural geographical works on ‘affective atmospheres’ as well as to critical approaches to the study of nationalism by addressing this question. It examines how nationalism operates affectively and atmospherically through a discussion of the event of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the ‘happy atmospheres’ of being together that circulated in the course of those Games. The key claim… Expand

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