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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This argument does not only apply to the fact of national existence but also the
form it takes . History establishes how we must always be by virtue of how we
have always been . Or rather the sureness of “ I was ” is a necessary component
Whereas we previously dismissed the argument that the construction of
nationhood depends upon the existence of a common past , it may now appear
that we are starting to sneak it back in . However there is an important difference .
We are ...
Yet , as Bauman puts it , this is to end up ' deproblematizing . . . the very
elusiveness and contingency of the nation ' s precarious existence which
nationalisms try hard to conceal ' ( 1992 : 677 ) . Nations and others : identifying
the other Rather ...
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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