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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Secondly , the way in which the members of any given group behave depends
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the extent of coaction will depend upon who is included as part of the category .
The success of any given construction of identity over its competitors depends
upon hiding all traces of construction and making the definition of identity that is
present seem self - evident . This is akin to the process of reification which ...
If , as we are arguing , mobilization depends upon the ways in which categories
are construed , and if , more specifically , the ability to claim representative status
depends upon the relationship of the subject to the nation , then once again ...
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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