Imagined communities: Banal nationalism in Barcelona "locutorios"

Joel Feliu, Ma Carmen Peñaranda-Cólera, Adriana Gil-Juárez

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Despite the huge competition that has emerged as a result of the ongoing multiplication of the means to connect to telephone and computer networks, Barcelona call shops, known as "locutorios", are relatively successful small businesses. From a collective ethnographic fieldwork of "locutorios" in Barcelona we articulate Michael Billig's concept of Banal Nationalism and Benedict Anderson's concept of Imagined Community to show that national imagined communities can be found in these public spaces of connection. The remarkable relevance of national identifications in these spaces, which paradoxically symbolize globalization as few do, is not only that it occurs without apparent conflicts but also that it allows coexistence and facilitate the emergence of new imagined communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-224
JournalAIBR Revista de Antropologia Iberoamericana
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Banal nationalism
  • Call shops
  • Ethnography
  • Imagined communities
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Migration


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