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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Thus , our argument cannot be dismissed as a truism – that class politics
demands class categories . That plainly isn ' t so . Rather , the choice of
categories relates to the nature of the mobilization through which class politics
are to be pursued ...
These metaphors constitute arguments and counter - arguments at the same time
. Indeed , as we have seen , metaphor and simile provide a rich and fertile field
for argument . It is possible to differ over which metaphors and similes are used ...
The first comes in the argument concerning devolution ' which , as we have
highlighted , runs through the extract . The second lies in the phrase " the
talkScotland - down brigade ' . This encapsulates a common argument , used by
all parties .
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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