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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... in the following passage. It is taken from a column by Douglas Alexander in the
Glasgow Herald entitled, 'Old national stereotypes should be cast aside', which
we came across not as part of our study but rather when taking a break from ...
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 when it comes to
determining 'what is a Scot'. But he takes it as a non-negotiable given that there ...
... to passing reflections covering no more than a single page: one on whether we
have clear stereotypes of different nations (Brewer & Crano, 1994); the other as
to whether different nations have different values (Wrightsman & Deaux, 1981).
The perception of others as different and as negative required urgent attention,
and it received such attention in the form of stereotype research. The pioneering
study of Katz and Braly in 1933 presented college students with a list of
Lofgren (1989) also argues that the nation exists in the way we spend our leisure
visiting national sights or watching national sports, the way we share jokes,
peddle stereotypes and discuss the character of our (national) selves and others.
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9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood