Fixing subjectivities: the politics of belonging and achieving the nation

Research output: Working paper

Abstract

This paper focuses on the dynamic between fi xity and fl ow – how global flows
undermine structures that provide a sense of belonging and continuity through
time and how these structures are shored up. A reading of intersubjectivity and
performativity is presented that accounts for why and how these structures are
maintained. However, this process is not seen as quiet or uniform, but instead a function of power relations. This is illustrated by the application of the outlined theory to a current issue in Japan: the position of the national anthem (kimigayo) and national flag (hinomaru) flag in the performance of national belonging. This example illustrates the complex interaction between fixity and fl ow and highlights issues of power and violence in the daily process of achieving the nation.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoyal Holloway
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009

Publication series

NamePolitics and International Relations Working Paper
No.12
ISSN (Print)1750–7308
ISSN (Electronic)1750–7316

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