Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

6-1991

Publication Source

Critical Studies in Mass Communication

Volume

8

Start Page

119

Last Page

138

DOI

10.1080/15295039109366786

Abstract

This paper analyzes American flag symbolism in public debate about the Supreme Court’s flagburning decisions in 1989 and 1990, and in related flag events. The connotated flag is systematically represented by champions of flag protection laws as a sacrificial body contrasted both to the bodiless text and the profane body of flagburning. What is at stake in the flagburning debate is a cultural fight between the body and the text, and a notion of the sanctifying drama of the American holy family.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Studies on Mass Communication on June 1991, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15295039109366786

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Date Posted: 20 May 2019

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