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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But the historical imagination does not just stretch backwards to the past but also
forwards to the future . As the earlier quote reveals , Renan views both visions of
history as important to the nation . This takes us very close to the definition of a ...
Whether those acting on the national imagination seek to create a new state ,
defend an existing state , re - order state structures , oppose the existence of a
nation - state , seek to ban immigrants , boycott foreign products or whatever , in
Throughout the discussion it has either been implicit or else explicit that the
importance of these ways of imagining lies in the way ... In so doing , we need to
acknowledge that history is not the only means of anchoring the national
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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