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 was both fish and fowl, which made for a rather unappetizing combination. It
started with some two hundred pages in which we engaged with the dominant
traditions in social psychology in order to explain and position our own approach.
In the case of private interviews we have respected the anonymity of the speaker
and only identified him or her by a number, political party and by political position
. The one exception, in this as in so many other things, is the late Conservative ...
We can use this list in order to evaluate the general viability of this approach,
firstly because Stalin covers most of the criteria advanced by others and secondly
because his list so clearly echoes the romantic position. Stalin asserts that 'a ...
However, a defender of the romantic position might well argue that these are
merely the signs of the Volksgeist. They might emanate from the national spirit
but they don't constitute the essence of the nation. In more modern terms, this ...
In developing our position we will draw heavily upon psychological models of
social identity processes (Tajfel, 1978, 1982; Turner, Hogg, Oakes, Reicher &
Wetherell, 1987) and also upon psychological analyses of national identity (Billig,
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