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Nacjonalistyczne metafory pokrewieństwa
Ethnonationalistic Metaphors of Kin

Author(s): Wojciech Józef Burszta
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Instytut Slawistyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Summary/Abstract: The paper interprets the notion of a nation as a group of people who feel that they are ancestrally related. It is the largest group that can command a person’s loyalty because of felt kinship ties; it is, from this perspective, the fully extended family. The emotional (non-rational) core of the nation has been reached and triggered through [1] national symbols, [2] nationalists poetry, [3] music, popularly perceived as reflecting the nation’s particular past or genius and [4] through the use of familiar metaphors which can magically transform what the outsider sees as merely the territory populated by a nation into a motherland or fatherland, the ancestral land, land of our fathers, the sacred soil, land where our fathers died, the native land, the cradle of the nation, the homeland. Some empirical examples are presented and interpreted, especially from the European contemporary context.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 8
  • Page Range: 205-214
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish