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Signs Of War And Peace

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Signs of War and Peace focuses on the role of public display in the conflict in Northern Ireland. Jack Santino explores the nature of public display, its relationships to class-based aesthetics, tradition, and popular style. He also looks at contest, conflict, and civil war, and the ways the former are intimately intertwined with the latter, both in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. The work is interdisciplinary, combining ethnographic, ...

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Overview

Signs of War and Peace focuses on the role of public display in the conflict in Northern Ireland. Jack Santino explores the nature of public display, its relationships to class-based aesthetics, tradition, and popular style. He also looks at contest, conflict, and civil war, and the ways the former are intimately intertwined with the latter, both in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. The work is interdisciplinary, combining ethnographic, anthropological, folkloristic, and performance study approaches.

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"Santino shows great evenhandedness in treating the sides in the conflict, and his study is informative, thoughtful, and thought-provoking."—Choice

This extraordinary ethnographic work sheds a fresh light on the capacity of popular tradition to create public space, and collectively fashioned art-driven by passion and intellect-to articulate what is unsayable in politics. Santino's superbly written work illuminates the range of ways in which popular artistic traditions in Northern Ireland make visible what is too often hidden from the view of politics: the personal impacts of political decisions.—Mary Hufford, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Santino provides a rarely available perspective on violence. He presents the perspectives of the people of Northern Ireland through their creative uses of traditional forms of expression. Responding to the threat and reality of death, present in their neighborhoods at all times, they respond with efforts to maintain their humanity and identities with shrines that memorialize specific individuals yet also serve to draw attention to the consequences of the conflict. Understanding the tragic consequences of violence for other human beings offers an alternative to the frustrations of diplomacy. Perhaps such an approach could prove to be a more fruitful route to peaceful solutions.—Beverly Stoeltje, Indiana University

Signs of War and Peace offers a fascinating excursion into the politics of popular art in an embattled land, where two incompatible versions of history coexist. In refreshingly readable prose, Jack Santino shows how public displays like drum-beating, litter-can rattling, handshaking, flag flying, and curbstone and mural painting operate symbolically to perpetuate a state of war. By so doing, he teaches us not only about the anguished inhabitants of Northern Ireland but also about ourselves.—Stanley Brandes, University of California at Berkeley

Signs of War and Peace is an impressive look at the range of display events associated with the war in Northern Ireland. As far as I know, there has been no other work on this particular side to the conflicts in Northern Ireland. Santino is an established scholar who has devoted a great deal of his time in the last several years to fieldwork in Ireland, and the manuscript that he has produced as a result is filled with important ethnographic data and revealing interviews dn0 with many people in Northern Ireland who have participated in the display events he seeks to analyze. I truly enjoyed reading this manuscript.—Meg Brady, University of Utah

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403967459
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Santino is Professor of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of five books and is the creator of two documentary films, one of which, Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle, won four Emmy awards.

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Table of Contents

History, Conflict, and Public Display in Northern Ireland
• Ritual Display and Presentation
• Assemblage
• Rituals of Death and Politics
• Conflicts
• Shared Style and Paradox

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