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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... with a hint of nationhood in some of the examples) and another – this one –
which summarizes the theory but then concentrates on illustrating and applying it
through a study of the relationship between national identity and national being.
But this wasn't appreciated quite so much by our editors and our reviewers. 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 ...
It may help to provide a concrete example of each. Genevieve Paicheler (1988)
illustrates how the emergence of social psychology as a distinct discipline in the
USA during the 1920s was bound up with the concerns of nation formation.
Or, to borrow an example from Connor (1994), the Ukrainian struggle for
independence was waged around the right to employ Ukrainian, rather than
Russian, in all oral and written matters. However, as Connor asks, 'is the
language the ...
The first are Diaspora nations where groups are scattered across different
territories: the Jews and the Palestinians are examples. The second are
irredentist nations where the nation is seen as extending beyond the boundaries
of the existing ...
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8 Changing Categories and Changing Contexts
9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood