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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... the creation of devolved parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Such a context of division is bound to lead to a focus on difference and hence a
need to identify exactly what it is that renders any one nation different from others.
Geertz notes how, for many, the hunt for human nature involves looking for that
which everybody shares in common and hence ignoring what is specific to
different groups. He describes this 'stratigraphic' approach in the following terms: '
At the ...
Hence it is 'the man on the Clapham omnibus' who is able to speak for the nation
as much as the Prime Minister and the unknown soldier who stands as a symbol
of the nation as much as, if not better than, the most distinguished Field-Marshal ...
It is only by identifying the characteristics which define an object as such (
whether it be a kilt, a clan tartan, a tradition or whatever) that we can determine
when it exists and hence how old it is. For instance, if the short kilt is a
development of ...
Hence Jinnah uses a construction that is completely at odds with the 'two nation
theory'. Addressing himself to Mountbatten, he argued that 'the Punjab is a nation
. Bengal is a nation. A man is a Punjabi or Bengali first before he is a Hindu or a ...
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9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood