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 , far from being a social product , inbred national character determines the
social circumstances in which we live . Each nation can be defined in terms of a
single and distinctive character type , which is the root of differences between ...
In psychological discourse , it is hard to escape the trappings of a term like '
character ' which points to intra - psychic structures as the basis for public
behaviours . It is a problem that afflicts all those who use such language ,
whatever their ...
character ' . The confidential memorandum drawn up by a government official (
later leaked to the press ) identified certain national characteristics which were
identifiable in the past and so could be expected in the future . With regard to past
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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