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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To be more specific, he may wish to make tolerance a central value when it
comes to determining 'what is a Scot'. But he takes it as a non-negotiable given
that there is a singular and distinctive national identity which is lying out there just
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 ...
This compares with 485 articles on a specific 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 ...
... and incurably dangerous was inculcated by the Serbian intelligentsia in order
to create the conditions for ethnic cleansing: 'Psychoanalysts explained why,
thanks to the specific character of certain peoples, things had to happen that way.
They also show, in some detail, the ways in which specific versions of history
serve to underpin specific ways of imagining specific nations. Throughout the
discussion it has either been implicit or else explicit that the importance of these
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8 Changing Categories and Changing Contexts
9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood