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    DescriptionThis compelling book argues that American patriotism is a civil religion of blood sacrifice, which periodically kills its children to keep the group together. The flag is the sacred object of this religion; its sacrificial imperative is a secret which the group keeps from itself to survive. Expanding Durkheim's theory of the totem taboo as the organizing principle of enduring groups, Carolyn Marvin uncovers the system of sacrifice and regeneration which constitutes American nationalism, shows why historical instances of these rituals succeed or fail in unifying the group, and explains how mass media are essential to the process. American culture is depicted as ritually structured by a fertile center and sacrificial borders of death. Violence plays a key part in its identity. In essence, nationalism is neither quaint historical residue nor atavistic extremism, but a living tradition which defines American life.

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    Blood Sacrifice and the Nation
    Totem Rituals and the American Flag
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carolyn Marvin, By (author) David W. Ingle, Series edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Series edited by Steven Seidman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 662 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521626095
    ISBN 10: 0521626099

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    30 b/w illus.
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    27 November 2003
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    Review quote
    'This is a provocative book which provides a welcome counterweight to interpretations which ignore the 'primitive' basis of nations.' Ethnic and Racial Studies
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. That old flag magic; 3. Theorizing the flagbody; 4. The totem myth; Death touchers and border crossers; 6. Totem memory and succession; 7. Refreshing the borders; 8. Dismemberment and reconstruction; 9. Fresh blood, Public meat; 10. One size fits all; 11. Epilogue; Appendix 1. The flag in life: Representational politics of the Stars and Stripes David W. Ingle and Carolyn Marvin; Appendix 2. Representative coding categories.