SKEY mindless markers MAY 2015.pdf (104.01 kB)
Download file

Mindless markers of the nation’: The routine flagging of nationhood across the visual environment

Download (104.01 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 18.07.2016, 14:38 by Michael SkeyMichael Skey
The visual environment has increasingly been used as a lens with which to understand wider processes of social and economic change with studies employing in-depth qualitative approaches to focus on, for example, gentrification or trans-national networks. This exploratory paper offers an alternative perspective by using a novel method, quantitative photo mapping, to examine the extent to which a particular socio-cultural marker, the nation, is ‘flagged’ across three contrasting sites in Britain. As a multi-national state with an increasingly diverse population, Britain offers a particularly fruitful case study, drawing in debates around devolution, European integration and Commonwealth migration. In contributing to wider debates around banal nationalism, the paper notes the extent to which nations are increasingly articulated through commerce, consumption and market exchange and the overall significance of everyday markers (signs, objects, infrastructure) in naturalising a national view of the world.

History

Published in

Sociology

Volume

51

Issue

2

Pages

274 - 289

Citation

SKEY, M. 2015. Mindless markers of the nation’: The routine flagging of nationhood across the visual environment. Sociology, pp. 1-16.

Publisher

© The Author. Published by Sage

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

10/08/2015

Publication date

2015-08-10

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Sociology and the definitive published version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038515590754

ISSN

1469-8684

Language

en