Reflexivity or orientation? Collective memories in the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand national press

BLACK, Jack (2018). Reflexivity or orientation? Collective memories in the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand national press. Memory Studies.

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Abstract

With regard to the notion of ‘national reflexivity’, an important part of Beck’s cosmopolitan outlook, this article examines how, and, in what ways, collective memories of empire were reflexively used in Australian, Canadian and New Zealand national newspaper coverage of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic Games. In contrast to Beck, it is argued that examples of national reflexivity were closely tied to the history of the nation-state, with collective memories of the former British Empire used to debate, critique and appraise ‘the nation’. These memories were discursively used to ‘orientate’ each nation’s postcolonial emergence, suggesting that examples of national reflexivity, within the press’ coverage, remained closely tied to the ‘historical fetishes’ enveloped in each nations’ imperial past(s). This implies that the ‘national outlook’ does not objectively overlook, uncritically absorb or reflexively acknowledge differences with ‘the other’, but instead, negotiates a historically grounded and selective appraisal of the past that reveals a contingent and, at times, ambivalent, interplay with ‘the global’.

Item Type: Article
Departments: Health and Well-being > Sport
Identification Number: 10.1177/1750698017749978
Depositing User: Jack Black
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 15:21
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2018 20:08
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15672

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