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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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 ...
... major concern to all those interested in the theoretical controversies. So we
decided to separate the package, to create one book which was mainly theory (
perhaps still with a hint of nationhood in some of the examples) and another –
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 ...
Between 1974 and 1989, 5.9 per cent of articles in top mainstream social
psychology journals were concerned with some aspect of group processes or
intergroup relations. Between 1990 and 1995 the average grew to 10.6 per cent,
with the ...
However, there is a danger in reducing nationalism to its most intense
manifestations. As Gellner (1994) observes, nationalism may be an important
and pervasive force, but it rarely leads to violent disruption. If we limit our concern
with the ...
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9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood