Self and Nation
A `RARE BOOK' FROM LOCAL AUTHORS
`Here is a rare book, a truly helpful piece of work on the psychology of nationalism. Stephen Reicher and Nick Hopkins, of St Andrews and Dundee Universities, focus much of their study of recent Scottish experience, drawing on inter-views with political activists. The cast light on why our `Unionists' and nationalists feel so sure their side represents our national identity and the other lot doesn't. For once it is a compliment to say a book raises more questions than it answers. Stephen Reicher and Nick Hopkins open up large questions closer inspection' - Glasgow Herald
`In this impressive book Stephen Reicher and Nick Hopkins draw from a wealth of research to address issues of nationality, national identity and nationalism that lie at the heart of core topics in social psychology and its cognate disciplines. They have produced a powerful and scholarly text that interweaves an abundance of rich empirical data with a broad-reaching and timely theoretical statement. Moreover, the content is not confined to matters of national identity but also extends to treatments of stereotyping, prejudice, intergroup conflict, leadership, collective action, and the self .... For all these reasons, the book should serve essential and compelling reading for a very broad audience' - S Alexander Haslam, Australian National University
`Stephen Reicher and Nick Hopkins write with elegance and clarity, drawing the reader into their argument, without losing any of its complexity and nuance. This book deserves to make a major impact in studies of nationalism. It ought to become a classic.... I'm quite bowled over - it's really brilliant' - David McCrone, Edinburgh University
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So popular is the issue that last week alone saw a much-reported interview on
Englishness by Jack Straw [Home Secretary in the British Government], a major
article on Britishness by Gordon Brown [Chancellor of the Exchequer], and ...
Perhaps his presupposition that we can find a singular national identity stems
from his concern with the break up of the British state and the creation of
devolved parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Such a context of
division is ...
Cannadine (1983) argues that the supposedly ancient ceremonials of the British
monarchy were invented in the late nineteenth century in order to con- solidate
the hegemony of the British imperial vision. Thus, when Richard Dimbleby's ...
McCrone points clearly to Trevor-Roper's British nationalism in referring to him as
'that arch-enemy of Scottish Home Rule . . . a.k.a. Lord Dacre' (1989: 164). The
implication of this is that there is little use in trying to distinguish between ...
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8 Changing Categories and Changing Contexts
9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood