Imagined communities: Banal nationalism in Barcelona “Locutorios”

Antropólogos Iberoamericanos en Red. 2012;07(02):197-222 DOI 10.11156/aibr.070204e


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Journal Title: Antropólogos Iberoamericanos en Red

ISSN: 1695-9752 (Print); 1578-9705 (Online)

Publisher: Antropólogos Iberoamericanos en Red

LCC Subject Category: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation: Anthropology

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Spanish; Castilian

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Joel Feliu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Mª Carmen Peñaranda-Cólera (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Adriana Gil-Juárez (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)


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Abstract | Full Text

Despite the huge competition that has emerged as a result of the on-going increase in the available ways one can connect to telephone and computer networks, Barcelona call shops, known as “locutorios,” are relatively successful small businesses. As a result of our research using a collective ethnographic fieldwork of “locutorios” in Barcelona, we articulated Michael Billig’s concept of banal nationalism and Benedict Anderson’s concept of imagined community to show that national imagined communities can be found in these public spaces of connection. The remarkable relevance of national identifications in these spaces, which paradoxically symbolize globalization as few other places do, is not only that they occur without apparent conflicts, but they also allow for coexistence and facilitate the emergence of new imagined communities.