Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag

Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag

by Carolyn Marvin, David W. Ingle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521623456

ISBN-13: 9780521623452

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

American patriotism is a civil religion organized around a sacred flag. Its followers engage in periodic blood sacrifice of their own children to unify the group. Using an anthropological theory, this groundbreaking book presents and explains the ritual sacrifices and regeneration that constitute American nationalism, the factors making particular elections or wars

Overview

American patriotism is a civil religion organized around a sacred flag. Its followers engage in periodic blood sacrifice of their own children to unify the group. Using an anthropological theory, this groundbreaking book presents and explains the ritual sacrifices and regeneration that constitute American nationalism, the factors making particular elections or wars successful or unsuccessful rituals, the role of the mass media in the process, and the sense of malaise that has pervaded American society during the post-World War II period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521623452
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. That old flag magic; 3. Theorizing the flagbody; 4. The totem myth; 5. Death touchers and border crossers; 6. Totem memory and succession; 7. Refreshing the borders; 8. Dismemberment and reconstruction; 9. Fresh blood, Public meat; 10. One size fits all; 11. Epilogue; Appendix 1. The flag in life: Representational politics of the Stars and Stripes David W. Ingle and Carolyn Marvin; Appendix 2. Representative coding categories.

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