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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It is also important to bear in mind the limits to Anderson ' s project . His concern
was with how the general pre - conditions that make it possible to imagine the
national form originally emerged . Clearly , these pre - conditions have changed ...
What is important , and what may advantage one version of history and hence
one version of identity over another , is the skill with which certain iconic
moments of national history are incorporated into the narrative and used together
In all three cases , the important message is that institutional and character
descriptions should not be taken at face value nor treated as the end - point of
enquiry . Rather , it is necessary to look at their strategic use in reifying different
forms of ...
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