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Author Marvin, Carolyn.

Title Blood sacrifice and the nation : totem rituals and the American flag / Carolyn Marvin and David W. Ingle
Published Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999


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 W'PONDS  306.20973 Mar/Bsa  AVAILABLE
Description xv, 398 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Series Cambridge cultural social studies
Cambridge cultural social studies.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. That old flag magic -- 3. Theorizing the flagbody -- 4. The totem myth -- 5. Death touchers and border crossers -- 6. Strategic tinkering: totem memory and succession -- 7. Refreshing the borders -- 8. Dismemberment and reconstruction -- 9. Fresh blood, public meat -- 10. One size fits all -- 11. Epilogue -- App. 1. The flag in life: Representational politics of the Stars and Stripes -- App. 2. Representative coding categories
Summary This book argues that American patriotism is a civil religion of blood sacrifice, which periodically kills its children to keep the group together. The flag is the sacred object of this religion; its sacrificial imperative is a secret which the group keeps from itself to survive. Expanding Durkheim's theory of the totem taboo as the organizing principle of enduring groups, Carolyn Marvin and David Ingle uncover the system of sacrifice and regeneration which constitutes American nationalism, show why historical instances of these rituals succeed or fail in unifying the nation, and explain how mass media are essential to the process
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-389) and index
Subject Flags -- Social aspects -- United States.
Nationalism -- United States.
Political culture -- United States.
Sacrifice -- United States.
Totemism -- United States.
Author Ingle, David W.
LC no. 97025640
ISBN 0521623456