This paper investigates how the discursive battle for the Flemish nation is waged by
politicians of the Flemish nationalist party N-VA (New Flemish Alliance) in Belgium.
More specifically, it analyzes the ways in which the N-VA tries to establish a banal
Flemish nationalism in the context of a super-diverse Belgium (Blommaert, Rampton
& Spotti (eds.), 2011). We thereby focus on the use and role of social sciences in the
nationalist construction and deconstruction of the Flemish nation state. Anderson,
Gellner, Hroch and Billig are being integrated in the discourse and strategy of the
party to establish a Flemish nation. Especially the work of Billig plays a major role in
the (communication) strategy of the party. It will be argued that N-VA uses the
famous work of Michael Billig – Banal nationalism – as a manual for the construction
of the Flemish nation state.
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Name||Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies|
- Banal nationalism
- Imagined communities
- Radical Enlightenment