Banal and everyday (inter)nationalism: French and Italian anarchist exiles in London, 1870s–1914

Bantman, Constance and Di Paola, Pietro (2022) Banal and everyday (inter)nationalism: French and Italian anarchist exiles in London, 1870s–1914. Nations and Nationalism . ISSN 1469-8129

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This article explores the anarchists' multilayered theoretical and practical engagement with the concepts and performance of nations, nationalism and national belonging, by applying the frameworks of banal nationalism (understood as an ideology) and everyday nationhood (the daily practices in which nation and nationhood are enacted) as analytical categories, to investigate the Italian and French anarchist exile groups in London between 1870 and 1914. Adopting these theoretical categories proves fruitful in probing the anarchists' perception and enactment of the idea of nation and national belonging, contributing to the literature on the relationship between pre-1914 socialist movements and (inter)nationalism and highlighting the specificity of anarchism therein. Using Fox and Miller-Idriss's four categories of everyday nationhood, we show that while the anarchists explicitly subverted the everyday performance of nationhood, redeploying it along internationalist lines, some forms of attachment to the national did endure and were in fact not always contradictory with anarchist internationalism. Looking at the exilic rituals of this intensely diasporic group thus complicates the simplistic but still pervasive view of a monolithic ideological internationalism and rejection of the national on the part of anarchists.

Keywords:Anarchism, Nationalism, Political refugees, Italian anarchists in London, French anarchists, National identity, Anarchy
Subjects:L Social studies > L214 Nationalism
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V145 Modern History 1900-1919
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V221 French History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V144 Modern History 1800-1899
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V223 Italian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
L Social studies > L218 Anarchism
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage > Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage (Humanities)
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Deposited On:22 Nov 2022 14:57

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