SOME REFLECTIONS ON A FLAG. TOWARDS ANTHROPOLOGY OF NATIONALISM (Refleksje o fladze. W strone antropologii nacjonalizmu)
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The article investigates the symbolic and mythical significance of a national flag. Drawing on observations of the uses of the American flag and literature the author analyzes different dimensions of a national flag. He looks at a flag from different angles and shows diverse interpretative tropes. The article shortly analyzes such phenomena as modernity of national flag, the cult of a flag, magic of a flag and symbolic emptiness of a flag. Basically, the author argues that from cognitive point of view a flag may be described as metonymy which provides mental access to abstract concept of a nation.
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