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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We shall be dealing with these exceptions in the next chapter. Nonetheless, in
broad terms, there is little doubt that students of the nation have ignored
psychology and that students of psychology have ignored the nation. If this
double absence ...
We will consider these conditions in more detail later in this chapter. For now we
simply want to stress that, even if psychology must not be allowed to supplant
other social scientific analyses, an understanding of nations and nationalism ...
We will address the thesis of national character in the next chapter. Suffice to say
here that the term is more normative than descriptive. That leaves culture. In 1926
, Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin answered the question 'what do I mean by ...
In this chapter, we have argued for psychology to be involved in the explanation
of national phenomena and then we have sought to outline the phenomena that
need to be explained. At the outset, we referred to an apparent paradox between
For Dimitrov, as for so many others that we have encountered in this chapter, the
flexibility with which the category 'nation' can be applied and defined represents
an opportunity rather than a problem. It provides a means of appealing to a ...
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8 Changing Categories and Changing Contexts
9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood