Borders of Belonging: Experiencing history, war and nation at a Danish heritage site

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In an era cross-cut with various agendas and expressions of national belonging and global awareness, “the nation” as a collective reference point and experienced entity stands at the centre of complex identity struggles. This book explores how such struggles unfold in practice at a highly symbolic battlefield site in the Danish/German borderland. Comprised of an ethnography of two profoundly different institutions – a conventional museum and an experience-based heritage centre – it analyses the ways in which staff and visitors interfere with, relate to, and literally “make sense” of the war heritage and its national connotations. Borders of Belonging thus offers a comparative in-depth analysis of the practices and negotiations through which history is made and manifested at two houses devoted to the interpretation of one event: the decisive battle of the 1864 war in which Otto von Bismarck, on his way to uniting the new German Empire, led the Prussian army to victory over the Danish. Working through his empirical material to engage with and challenge established theoretical positions in the study of museums, modernity and tourism, Daugbjerg demonstrates that national belonging is still a key cultural concern, even as it asserts itself in novel, muted and increasingly experiential ways.
ForlagBerghahn Books
Antal sider212
ISBN (Trykt)978-0-85745-976-3
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-0-85745-977-0
StatusUdgivet - 2014
NavnMuseums and collections


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