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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... it could be argued that what Hill (and Alexander) unwittingly demonstrate is
that there are multiple competing definitions of national identity and that these are
as much orientated to sustaining different projects for the future as to describing ...
They were concerned that, however valid our argument, it might be ignored as
being 'only about Scotland'. So, in the re-written text, we use examples from all
around the globe as evidence of the identity–action relationships which we are ...
In one sense, our entire argument will be devoted to showing that this is no
paradox at all and that, far from being contradictory, these two sides of ... She
argued that such a slogan sounded fine, but in practice it proved empty and
However, a defender of the romantic position might well argue that these are
merely the signs of the Volksgeist. ... In more modern terms, this translates into
the argument that language, character, culture and so on are consequences of ...
It might still be argued that all nations need to be conceptualized in ethnic terms
even if that ethnicity is fictitious. This represents an empirical claim about the
nature of national consciousness rather than a theoretical model concerning the
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8 Changing Categories and Changing Contexts
9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood