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Nationalism as a Social Imaginary: Negotiations of Social Signification and (Dis)Integrating Discourses in Britain, France and Poland

Abstract : Since 1989, nationalism has once again become a major discursive theme in European public and political spaces. Nationalism has thus become "banalised" (according to Michael Billig), relegating the complexities of social histories to mere cultural 'Others'. The common origin of the resulting social and symbolical tensions can be found in the promotion of State-centred nationalist discourses. The dominant discourse on national identity aims for the reproduction of a continuity of traditional national values and histories in reaction to the threat it perceives in the presence of multiple 'Others'. This transversal study presents a social-historical analysis of the endurance of national imaginaries and of the modern paradigm of exclusion they reproduce. By elaborating a theoretical framework as an open system (Edgar Morin) to make sense of the complex relations between texts, ideology and the social imaginary (Cornelius Castoriadis), the aim of the thesis is the analysis of the dynamic symbolic promotion, expression and contestation - negotiations of social signification - of national imaginaries. Basing on the study of texts expressing these negotiations, the formation and consolidation of British, French and Polish national imaginaries in the late modern period is articulated through this framework. The analysis then focuses on mainstream political discourses in Britain, France and Poland between 2004 and 2009 which is contrasted with the analysis of contemporary texts of popular culture.
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Pascal-Yan Sayegh. Nationalism as a Social Imaginary: Negotiations of Social Signification and (Dis)Integrating Discourses in Britain, France and Poland. Political science. Université Jean Moulin - Lyon III, 2011. English. ⟨tel-00617618v3⟩

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