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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For them , the nation is formed out of people who share a common spirit (
Volksgeist ) which manifests itself in their language , their customs , their myths
and their culture . In its romantic guise , the idea that nations represent a
On the other hand , many nations share the same language . Repeatedly , in
South America and in Africa , nation - building goes on in the language of the old
colonial administrators and without the question of a national language even
Indeed , the famous Basque nationalist Sabino Arana went so far as to argue that
language was just a means of keeping Basque people and ' foreigners ' separate
from each other . If , as he put it , ' our invaders were to learn Euskara , we ...
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The National Question
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