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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Firstly , it is necessary to have a concept of time which allows the different
constituents of a community to be imagined as acting in the ... For instance ,
newspapers allow events to be brought together because of their relevance to
the nation .
However , if some were concerned to downplay the language issue so as to
allow a construction of the nation that could allow the ' Party of Wales ' ( i . e .
Plaid Cymru ) to appeal to all of those entitled to vote in Wales , others could be
As Macdonald observes , much traditional psychotherapy is conceived of as
facilitating access to such inner depths , healing these disturbances , and so
allowing the self a ' healthy ' unencumbered expression ( Macdonald , 1996 : 5 ) .
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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