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 is taken from a column by Douglas Alexander in the Glasgow Herald entitled, '
Old national stereotypes should be cast ... For all the talk of focus groups and poll
-led politics, this interest is a heartening instance of political dispute mirroring ...
National. Question. Psychology. in. a. world. of. nations. We have said it before,
but let us say it again: the aim of this book is to use social psychology to answer
some ... this interest, nations and nationalism have received scant attention.
... personality characteristic (neuroticism) and 3174 on rats! This is not to deny
that there are many papers in which national identity is employed as a dependent
or independent variable, but these are cases where the nation is not of interest in
There are also many movements, such as anti-foreigner or anti-immigrant
movements, that have no interest at all in whether the state should be national or
not, although they may agitate for whatever sort of state exists to support their
It is more useful to consider how any version of the national past and of national
identity serves contemporary interests. White makes the point clearly in his
account of Australian histories: There is no 'real' Australia waiting to be
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9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood