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Kranjska sausage played a significant role in the formation and development of Slovene national consciousness from the Spring of Nations onward, faced devaluation in socialist era and experienced a renaissance in the new millennium, when it was also given a role in the project of the construction of the nation-state. The modern rebirth of the this representative culinary object is presented as an interrelated and complex process due to many factors: the efforts of an influential ethnologist, the role of an institution dedicated to the Kranjska sausage, and other persons, groups and institutions with different objectives, ideas and understandings.

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The article conceptualizes nationalising as an everyday practice, as a network or collection of people, practices, places, institutions, ideologies, objects, technologies, and ideas that define people’s subjectivity and shape their actions and imaginations.


The Slovenian nation, like any other nation, this article argues, was not created and reproduced only by politicians, writers, soldiers, poets, diplomats and other great men and women, but also by a blind and uncontrollable mass of things, objects, and nonhumans, among which the Carniolan sausage occupies a distinguished place.

Jernej Mlekuz
Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti

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This page is a summary of: The renaissance of sausage: The role of Kranjska sausage in the contemporary process of reconstructing the Slovenian nation, Nations and Nationalism, November 2019, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/nana.12572.
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