Culture, Modernity and media
... Cultures of Commemoration What role do “cultures of commemoration” play in constructing national identities and to what extent is this rewriting of the past?
The national identity of a country can be based on many influences including; language, culture, religion, history, art and literature all of which play an important role in making the identity of a nation (Giddens, 1994). A significant aspect of creating a national identity is the idea of commemoration where many elements of nationalistic fervour can be brought together as a unifying force (Bhaba, 1989). For any student of history, sociology or the arts, an understanding of national identity and the associated commemorative practic...