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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Of course , the corollary of this is that where one seeks to mobilize different types
of constituency and seeks to gain power ... Rather we are drawing a link between
types of category and forms of mobilization , or , to be more specific about this ...
Rather , the choice of categories relates to the nature of the mobilization through
which class politics are to be pursued . Nation is therefore crucial to politicians
not because they are right or left but because they use an electoral strategy , just
( cited in Poulton , 1997 : 113 ) Both in its original construction and in its later
mutations , such an example shows clearly the link between categorization and
mobilization . It shows how categories are designed to achieve just the right level
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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