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
This work provides a number of salutary lessons for the student of national
identity and of social identity more generally . It warns us to guard against
drawing direct conclusions about internal mental states from expressions of
national identity .
distinctive “ Australian ” national identity was considered entirely consistent with
and even dependent on British attachments ... Spillman also uses this centennial
to show that “ it is possible to create expressions of national identity with neither ...
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The National Question
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