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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We all have a number of self - categories , but in different situations different
categories will be more or less important to us . ... If we combine these three
elements , it is clear that category definitions are not simply a matter of how
The first of these relates directly to the consequences of category definition as
outlined by self - categorization theory . If the boundaries of categories determine
the extent of collective action , the content of categories defines the direction ...
In this chapter , then , we will look at the issues of category boundaries and
category prototypicality independently , as well as address the connections . As
ever , though , there will be more to our analysis of category definitions than that .
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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