Self and Nation
Self and Nation is a lively and accessible exploration of the issues related to nationhood, nationalism and national identity. The authors challenge common assumptions of what 'national identity' means by addressing key concepts of identity, national character, national history and nationalist psychology. How do constructions of national identity affect the way people act, are mobilized, transform societies, create nations and reshape nations where they already exist? This book shows how the central notion of national identity is used by politicians and activists in support of attempts to create different types of nations.
Self and Nation will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as researchers in social psychology, politics, sociology and social anthropology.
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Jinnah declared that: The Hindus and the Muslims belong to two different
religious philosophies, social customs and ... The retort came from Abdul Azad,
another Muslim, in his Presidential address to the rival Indian National Congress
The simile serves to constitute Muslims as similarly constrained , as living in an
equally unnatural state . ... religious survival – they can pray , fast and go to Hajj –
that which is central to the essence of the Muslim identity is denied expression .
According to Ahmed he is viewed as ' the very symbol of the state , the father of
the nation , the saviour of the Muslims ... he claimed as the national language of
the Muslims ) , able to transform himself into the champion of a Muslim Pakistan ?
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