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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Political upheavals can do no more than alter the expression of this soul ( 1917 :
59 ) . Or again : ' The civilization of a people is the external clothing of its soul ,
the visible expression of those invisible forces that direct it ' ( 1917 : 64 ) . Thus ,
... an animal that is noble and powerful , a natural predator whose essence is
expressed in the freedom to hunt and kill . ... they can pray , fast and go to Hajj –
that which is central to the essence of the Muslim identity is denied expression .
Where this ' core ' is neither singular , coherent nor whole , or where it is denied
full and proper expression , then it is assumed that we are faced with pathology .
As Macdonald observes , much traditional psychotherapy is conceived of as ...
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
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