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One nation, one music: the articulation of banal nationalism through music narratives

The article is based on the already known concept of banal nationalism and tries to contextualize it in the field of musical expression and determine whether and which musical genres are historically and contemporary more susceptible to the processes of nationalization. In the following, we try to transfer the main findings, at least in a rough outline, to the territory of Slovenia and to the wider area of ​​the former common Yugoslav state. Therefore, the purpose of the article is to theoretically shed light on the connection between banal nationalism and music as a political-cultural mediator in the chosen area, in order to open space for further research into the relationship between this concept and Slovenian folk-pop music, which already in its name manifests the importance of the nation. Even a cursory review of the lyrics of the most popular folk-pop music groups suggests that the reference to the Slovenian nation, Slovenianness, Slovenia, homeland, Slovenian customs and traditions, etc. remains one of the most visible and recognizable leitmotifs in this musical genre in Slovenia.


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Issue No. 285 - Pandemic
Časopis za kritiko znanosti
2022 , volume volume 50 , issue issue 285
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