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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Thus, Renan argues that the nation is dependent upon an act of imagination in
which people see themselves as having something in common with their
compatriots. By this reading, the content of their imaginings – what it is that they
have in ...
But the historical imagination does not just stretch backwards to the past but also
forwards to the future. As the earlier quote reveals, Renan views both visions of
history as important to the nation. This takes us very close to the definition of a ...
Whether those acting on the national imagination seek to create a new state,
defend an existing state, re-order state structures, oppose the existence of a
nation-state, seek to ban immigrants, boycott foreign products or whatever, in
each and ...
Throughout the discussion it has either been implicit or else explicit that the
importance of these ways of imagining lies in the way ... In so doing, we need to
acknowledge that history is not the only means of anchoring the national
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