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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But, as we shall shortly see, even the most cursory examination of nationhood
reveals that this is a two-way relationship. Certainly, national identity may shape
collective movements, which create national structures, but equally national ...
... of the relationship between national identity and national being. Each book
stands alone and there will be more than enough theory in the following pages.
However should anyone wish to examine the roots and the justification of our
Following Geertz, we wished to explore the general relationship between the
ways in which identity is constructed and the ... So, in the re-written text, we use
examples from all around the globe as evidence of the identity–action
The second set of consequences had to do with the relationship between centre
and periphery. Essentially, those elites on the periphery needed to mobilize the
population in their locality in order to resist the crushing weight of metropolitan ...
It is important to stress that this relationship between the nation and the structure
of everyday life is a two-way street. While it is important to acknowledge how the
structure of experience affects the possibility of a national imagination and the ...
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8 Changing Categories and Changing Contexts
9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood