National Days/National Ways: Historical, Political, and Religious Celebrations around the World

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From Martin Luther King Day to Waitangi Day, this collection surveys the gamut of national holidays. The celebrations analyzed include anniversaries of independence, religious observances, and government holidays. The analysis of each national day revolves around the role that communications play in uniting a country's citizenry.

Entries cover individual countries but intertwine to provide a holistic view of the topic of national days. Countries covered: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the Ukraine, and the United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275972707
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2004
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

LINDA K. FULLER, Ph.D., is Professor of Communications at Worcester State College. She is the author/(co-) editor of more than 20 books, including The Cosby Show (1992), Community TV in the U.S. (1994), and Dictionary of Quotations in Communications (1997). Awarded Fulbright scholarships to teach in Singapore in 1996 and do AIDS research Senegal in 2002, she has also been a Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Argentine national ways in politics : elites and Caudillism 11
The bicentenary of Australia : celebration of a nation 25
Canadian days : non-Canadian ways 41
From National Day to national way : the story of October 1 59
National image on National Day and patriotic education in Chine : the 50th National Day of the People's Republic of China 71
Holiday celebrations among the highlanders of Ethiopia 83
Globalization and broadcasting the Ghanian National Day 101
Japan's National Foundation Day : lack of consensus leads to lack of celebration 117
Kuwait's National Day : four decades of transformed celebrations 125
Waitangi Day : New Zealand's National Day 145
Nationalism, mass media, and the crisis of national identity in Nigeria 159
Norway's 17th of May : a historical date and a day of national celebrations 177
The Romanian way : from nationalism to privatism 183
Reading Singapore's National Day : a case study in the rhetoric of nationalism 197
(Re)building a nation : South Africa's Heritage Day as a site of renaming, reimaging, and remembering 219
National days throughout the history and the geography of Spain 241
Nation and celebration : an iconology of the Republic of Turkey 261
In search of holidays : the case of Ukraine 285
Martin Luther King Day : a celebration of the American architect of the beloved community 303
App. A National holiday celebrations 325
App. B International calendar of celebrations 329
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