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‘The Machine that Creates Slovenians': The Role of Slovenian Public Broadcasting in Re-affirming and Re-inventing the Slovenian National Identity

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Abstract:

This article illustrates how Slovenian national public television came to serve as a central site of contention where fundamental issues of identity, politics and national culture were challenged, negotiated and defined. The Slovenian case offers an interesting laboratory for an analysis of the role of journalism in creating and asserting a particular version of national identity. This article explores how Slovenian television's elites (journalists, editors and officials) articulate the importance of public television as the ‘machine that creates Slovenians'. Based on an analysis of roughly twelve interviews with journalists of Slovenian national television, I argue that one of the most important cultural and political institutions in the creation, maintenance and reinforcement of Slovenian national identity was, and continues to be, national public television.

Keywords: Journalists; Media; National Identity; Public Television; Slovenia

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14608940500201847

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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