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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In order to understand the banal power of national categories we need to look
more closely at what makes these categories specifically national . Billig argues
that , while social identity theorists may stress the importance of incorporating the
But the more one looks at the figures , the more one realizes that they serve more
as a domain of argumentation than as a way of settling arguments . Indeed , just
as with the uses of history , it is precisely because numbers are seen as being ...
These add up to being fully human ' ( A Look at the Scottish Psyche , 1992 , p . 5 )
. It is not just that notions of pathology render change necessary for identity to be
safeguarded , it is also that these notions serve to define what one needs to ...
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