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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The more widely the category boundaries are defined , the greater the extent of
collective action . More people will act together as Scots than as Glaswegians
and even using the category Scottish , more people will be available for co -
action if ...
However , the ability to get people to imagine themselves as forming a given
community and to envisage specific forms of social relation as proper and
possible is essential in getting them to initiate actions that are aimed at realizing
this reality ...
We would suggest that the form that such action will take depends upon how the
national category is construed , how particular actions are construed and hence
whether the relationship between them is constituted as consonant or dissonant .
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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