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Design and National Identity
Author: Javier Gimeno-Martinez

ISBN: 9781472591036
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 22 September 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.5 x 1.3

Javier Gimeno-Martinez introduces the key theories of national identity and culture as relates them to the broad field of design, encompassing product, graphic and fashion design as well as architectural history. He approaches the inter-relationship between national identity and cultural production from two perspectives: an approach that focuses on the distinct characteristics of a country's output, and the consumption of design products within a country as a means of generating a national design landscape.

Gimeno-Martinez moves on to address the key concepts of essentialism, constructivism, geography and multiculturality, examining the writings of various philosophers and theorists including Benedict Anderson, Eric Hobsbawm and Doreen Massey. Throughout, he relates the theoretical discussion to examples of design history and state policy towards national cultural industries in countries including the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium.

Gimeno-Martinez's study encompasses a wide range of products, movements and phenomena that are associated with national and regional identity: design schools such as the Dutch collective 'Droog'; count...

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