By Gérard Bouchard
National myths are actually heavily puzzled in a couple of societies. within the West, for example, a couple of elements have mixed to destabilise the symbolic starting place of countries and collective identities. hence, the analysis of a deep cultural quandary has develop into ordinary. certainly, who this present day has now not heard in regards to the erosion of universal values or the undermining of social solidarity? yet to successfully handle this factor, will we comprehend adequate concerning the nature and position of myths in glossy and postmodern societies?
Against this heritage, National Myths: developed Pasts, Contested Presents will depend on a pattern of countries from world wide and seeks to spotlight the functioning of nationwide myths, either as representations that make feel of a collectivity, and as socially grounded instruments utilized in an internet of energy kinfolk. the gathering attracts jointly contributions from foreign specialists to envision the current nation of nationwide myths, and their destiny in today’s rapidly-changing society. Can – or needs to – countries do with no one of these overarching symbolic configurations that nationwide myths offer? if this is the case, easy methods to reconsider the materials and the way forward for our societies?
This booklet will entice scholars and students drawn to sociology, nationwide, id and reminiscence stories, myths, shared ideals, or collective imaginaries.
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26). 456). That English Canada’s huge measure of involvement with foreign and especially United States culture – both as consumer and producer – actively, and paradoxically, contributed to a sense of difference and particularity was especially insisted upon. R. James (1963), commentators accented Canadians’ re-working of imported cultural forms in ways determined by and reflective of their own place and situation (Flaherty and Manning, 1993); there was stress on the Canadian character of activity carried out even in the heart of the United States’ cultural metropolis4; one observer insisted that “global events” – rock concerts, blockbuster art exhibitions, international film festivals – “can leave legacies of good National imaginaries in a globalizing age 33 memories, wider horizons, and sometimes changes in aspirations .
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It suggests that the heart of the problem lies in an unprecedented (perhaps provisory, perhaps deep-seated) inability to translate the old master myths into a new set of efficient derivative myths, well adapted to the challenges of the present time. For instance, in recent decades, this small nation has displayed a strong togetherness in addressing its challenges and crafting solutions that used to rely heavily on collective efforts (involvement of the State, coalition of or dialogue between private and semipublic actors,55 support for the cooperative formula and social economy).