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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Hill states his purpose as to discover the 'cultural ids' of different European
nations – that is the deep characteristics which drive the actions of each
population. However, he wishes to discard 'the ethnic folklore that has clouded
... we use examples from all around the globe as evidence of the identity–action
relationships which we are claiming. We show that they don't only obtain in one
small part of one small island on the north western periphery of Western Europe.
If the revival of peripheral nationalisms in Western Europe sparked the new wave
of study and if the emergence of nationalisms following the break up of the Soviet
Union only added to the impetus, the most acute concerns accompanied ...
For Eric Hobsbawm, the twentieth century both began and concluded as an era
of nationalism. The national conflicts that tore Europe apart in the 1990s were the
old chickens of Versailles once again coming home to roost (Hobsbawm, 1994).
Multinational states, immigrant states and mestizo states (those in Latin-America
where a grouping of joint European–Amerindian ancestry are in the ascendancy)
are the rule rather than the exception. Thus, while territory, like language, ...
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