This difference was hierarchical: it made local identity at once an indis- pensable step in the construction of political citizenship and an identity of lesser worth than the national one, to which it remained subordinate. The pluralistic ethno- cultural idiom of the petites patries was subordinated to the integrative political idiom of the great fatherland. French educational policy, in contrast to the citizenship laws studied by Brubaker, suggests that the construction of French identity relied on ethno-cultural constructs that have at times been constitutive rather than merely expressive.
These constitutive con- structs, however, apply more to the local than to the national scale of identifi- cation. It can thus be said that the ethnic turn of nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century Kohn ; Hobsbawm affected France as well as its European counterparts. The difference was that, rather than trans- forming the nation into an ethnic community as such, it made it into a commu- nity whose integration at the national level was insured by ethnicized forms of allegiance at the local and regional levels.
Even if regional history and other subjects of local scholarship were considered to be lower forms of knowledge from a Parisian standpoint, and the local past remained symbolically subordi- nate to the national one, this territorial structure of symbolic power nonetheless found expression in an ambivalent modernizing discourse. That is, local knowl- edge and identity were not simply discounted as obstacles to be overcome as in the Eugen Weber-inspired narrative , but rather its diversity was included in a dominant nationalist discourse about cultural difference and political citizenship.
By combining their taxonomies we can conceive of nationhood as a set of distinct symbolic- geographic scales, the relation of which is a functional product of political context. I use it by analogy to stress the break with a certain Republican order. The analogy with the imperial logic deserves more treatment than I can give it here, and has been discussed at length by several authors who have reconceptualized national states as a variant of the imperial state Cooper ; Steinmetz The cultivation of national memory through the preservation of monuments historiques tended to erase local cultural specificity.
According to this perspective, the local was primarily an abstract location a territory in a narrowly geographic sense for remarkable buildings or sites representative of a style or an epoch. The latter subsumed local history under the nationally defined and internationally shared categories of a scripted art history. Both historic monuments and heritage are an inheritance: they are cul- tural capital, symbolic wealth, and collective property. The language and policies of heritage do not simply pronounce the nation one and united.
They offer it to the admiration and affection of citizens and visitors as culturally plural and rich in this plurality. The cultural wealth of the nation is evaluated in terms of the diversity and number of the territories, peoples, his- tories, and traditions brought together on its soil. In a way that is similar to the petites patries idiom, the contemporary idiom of petit patrimoine differen- tiates between local and national inheritance, and articulates this difference in a language of symbolic distinction and functional interdependence.
The kinds of problems tackled under the heading of politiques du patri- moine have since the s consistently included issues of local development. Conversely, the grammar of heritage reasserted national interests by articulating them with local territories. This was done through several distinctions. The symbolic distinction between patrimoine and petit patrimoine was not formalized through law until the constitutional reform of , but it nevertheless guided practices informally for several decades. Beyond their technical aspects, these distinctions evoke a hierarchy of value between small and grand, between local and national heritage, which reveals the functional dependence between them.
Like the petite patrie device, the idiom of heritage subsumes diverse local identities under a national imagination that gives them a higher value and relates them to universal aspira- tions, while providing national imagination with a concept and a desire for ter- ritorial and cultural diversity.
His- toricity, however, also has the potential to relativize primordial identities by inscribing them in the temporal unfolding of contingent actions and construc- tions, in a way that undermines the objectivity-effect of ethnic claims.
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As a strategy of symbolic distinction, however, this rhetorical strategy also signals a more immediate concern on the part of legitimate, state-sanctioned cultural producers with the growing number of competitors in an ever-expanding, privatizing, and localizing field of memory production. The relationship between ethnicity and history, or between memory and history, is empirically complex and the line between them is often thin Nora Early documents mention four possible scales of decentralization- democratization: regions, departments, towns, and neighborhoods Commis- sion Pierre Mauroy The analogy with the nineteenth- century petites patries idiom, however, reveals that the motif of cultural difference is a well-established and ancient one in French national discourse, which periodically resurfaces in particular historical circumstances.
The decentralized policies of historic preservation and the new discourse of heritage in France provide an example of this paradox that is striking, particularly so because the atomization of national identity was initiated and implemented by a national government with a strong centralist tradition. Understanding the paradox and solving the theoreti- cal puzzle it represents require adequate social-theoretical resources and an interpretive approach that is sensitive to historical context and able to reflect on both similar and contrasting occurrences of distinct signifying practices.
The general case for studying nations as social forms has been convin- cingly made Goswami The historical-morphological analysis offered here opens several roads for the pursuit of such a program. One of these takes us beyond the limits set by first-generation analyses of nations and heri- tage as hegemonic cultural forms, the various morphologies of which seem not to require further investigation because they are subsumed under one, generally bilateral process of subjugation of one class by another, of a population by an elite, and so forth.
The historical morphology of idioms, by contrast, invites a wealth of nuanced and realistic questions about the social systems which these idioms constitute, most notably questions about the categories of actors involved in the production of these idioms, about their strategies, motives, beliefs and practices, and relations to each other.
In the case of heritage, for example, such an approach naturally leads one to ask about the roles of actors who have remained invisible in most of the heritage scholarship, even though they have been the main architects of historic preservation policies, namely knowledge producers scientists, scholars, experts, engineers, and architects and modernizers developers and local politicians.
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Lowenthal, David. The Past Is a Foreign Country. Cambridge: Cambridge Uni- versity Press. Loi du vent, loi du ciel et des oiseaux…. Papillon : subst. Ces souvenirs nous paralysent au point de nous faire changer notre vision du monde. Son monde est fait de contradictions. Balade du temps. Je quitte lentement le royaume des connaissances Et le supplice repoussant de la raison.
Champ floral. Un soir de pleine lune Retentit un bruit sourd Une mer se dessine…. Destruction de la terre. La nuit est couleur nuages. Les nuages tombent. Brume se hissant dans les voiles. Un paysage du ciel. Mes larmes ruissellent de nostalgie. De solitude. Comme la brise froide…. Voyage au centre du temps. Seule la nuit pourrait le rassurer.