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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As Cornevin ( 1980 ) says of South Africa : Although the specificity of each of the
nine South African ethnic groups is ... communities , there are two other ways in
which one might defend the idea that ethnicity remains central to nationhood .
Apart from the controversies surrounding the historical evidence , there is a
conceptual difficulty at the heart of Smith ' s argument . If nationhood depends
upon the mobilization of an ethnic past , then it becomes necessary to define
ethnicity in ...
It might still be argued that all nations need to be conceptualized in ethnic terms
even if that ethnicity is fictitious. This represents an empirical claim about the
nature of national consciousness rather than a theoretical model concerning the
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