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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Nationalism is possibly the worst danger to stability in the world today and in its
many different manifestations it is among ... politic ' , the source of which was the “
cancer of nationalist extremism . . . deep inside and eating away relentlessly ' .
( Labour MP , interview 36 ) If there are different nationalisms , then Scottish
nationalism can be tentatively placed in the camp ... The argument can be taken
a step further by suggesting that the accusers themselves adopt a nationalist
9 Nationalist Psychology and the Psychology of Nationhood A choice of sides
Throughout this book we have sought to develop and to illustrate a psychological
analysis of nations and nationalism . At the same time we have repeatedly ...
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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