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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... What is the character of the nation? What does it mean to be Scottish or to be
English, or to be German or Latvian or indeed of any nationality? Alexander may
question the particular terms in which Preface.
Alexander may question the particular terms in which the national identity is
characterized. He may feel that old national stereotypes need to be discarded for
new ones. To be more specific, he may wish to make tolerance a central value
If a particular political project is underpinned by a particular definition of identity,
then political ascendancy can be guaranteed by mythologizing that definition as
the sole authentic definition (we shall see much evidence of such activity in the ...
We owe a particular debt of thanks to Ziyad Marar at Sage who was more than an
ordinary editor, who encouraged us and who made a crucial intellectual input to
the shaping of the book. We also depended on several other forms of support.
How many of these stereotypes do you think would still be held today?' (p. 463).
Katz and Braly's actual discovery of considerable consensus about the nature of
particular groups and the differences between groups led them to express strong
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8 Changing Categories and Changing Contexts
9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood