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 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 .
Indeed , whereas some construed these languages as ' passports to nationhood '
( Smith & Mar - Molinero , 1996 : 7 ) , the Spanish centre often characterized them
as ' dialects ' rather than languages . Along with ' nonstandard ' varieties of ...
In certain cases , the category may be construed in such a way as to invoke
certain general values about the treatment of others – we are a tolerant nation ;
we are a nation which embraces otherness ; we are above prejudice – as , for
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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