A national anthem: Patriotic symbol or democratic action?

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From its path to becoming an officially sanctioned musical symbol of a nationstate, to its being reinterpreted by immigrant groups or counterculture artists, the national anthem of the United States of America, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” has been riddled in public controversies and challenges. In part, this speaks to itssignificance and meaning in US society, as well as the norms and expectations of conformity surrounding its performance and appropriation. In this chapter, I seek to examine the history of this anthem and consider its social and educational functions in American society by using sociocultural conceptualizations as guideposts around which to wrap historical and autobiographical narratives. In so doing, I plan to build a case against absolutist engagements with this and other patriotic songs in the classroom, while suggesting alternative teaching models that encourage divergent thinking, interpretation, and understanding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPatriotism and Nationalism in Music Education
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781409430810
ISBN (Print)9781409430803
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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