Penetrating the 'black-box' of 'remembrance day' playlist: Bereavement and the induction mechanisms of glocalization - a study in cultural sociology

Gal Hermoni, Udi Lebel

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This article examines the musical repertoire broadcast on Israeli state radio stations on Remembrance Day. Commencing with the first Remembrance Day, Israeli radio stations have refrained from broadcasting songs that do not contribute to the glorification of the military mythology or failure to reinforce the consensual perception of national loss. In view of globalization - it might be assumed that Remembrance Day songs would undergo changes in tune with the times. From a musical point of view, new songs that belong to what Regev and Seroussi classify as 'globalizing Israel' penetrated into the nationalist arena. But, following Inglehart and Baker, these songs, despite their seemingly secular façade, remain limited hegemonic enclosures organized around the core of founding values. Apparently, this is an example of the process of glocalization of culture. The article seeks answers to the strategies employed to accommodate these new songs to the traditional ideology of the classical Remembrance Day songs and examines whether the mechanisms of legitimacy that enable the inclusion of new voices on Remembrance Day, can be identified. We argue that their choice is not arbitrary and that they illustrate the manner by which voluntary cultural entrepreneurs (musical editors) are co-opted in the postnational condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-145
Number of pages18
JournalNations and Nationalism
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Bereavement
  • Cultural apparatuses
  • Glocalization
  • Memory
  • Nationalisms
  • Popular music


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