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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Personal identity refers to the idiosyncratic characteristics which distinguish us
from other individuals . ... it is simultaneously something that is deeply personal
and profoundly felt while also being something that is irreducible to any
Drawing these various findings together , Haslam ( 2001 ) concludes that what
makes a leader are not fixed characteristics of the individual , nor features of the
situation nor even a combination of the two , but rather those features of
Once the body politic is likened to the individual body and collective identities are
likened to individual characters and ... as individuals might find their identities lost
or confused through amnesia or not having come to terms with their childhood ...
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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