Tzanelli, R (2008) The Nation Has Two Voices: Diforia and Performativity in Athens 2004. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 11 (4). 489 - 508 . ISSN 1367-5494
This article explores the contemporary conditions of national self-presentation, inviting students of national identity to reconsider the nature of national self-narration through new conceptual tools. It is argued that contemporary nations have two `voices': one is addressed to their members, another speaks to the nation's external interlocutors. Both voices contribute to the performance of identity: for nations which are the product of colonial and `crypto-colonial' encounters, narration is characterized by a negotiation of the boundaries between private and public voices and slippage in utterance. The article introduces a new concept in the study of culture, `diforia', which accounts for both this split meaning of utterance and national performativity in public. The concept is mobilized to examine and deconstruct a recent case of Greek diforia enacted in the context of the opening and closing ceremonies of Athens 2004.
|Keywords:||media, performativity, significant others, diforia, Athens 2004, ambivalence|
|Institution:||The University of Leeds|
|Academic Units:||The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)|
|Depositing User:||Symplectic Publications|
|Date Deposited:||01 Dec 2011 12:31|
|Last Modified:||16 Sep 2016 14:09|