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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If a particular political project is underpinned by a particular definition of identity ,
then political ascendancy can be guaranteed by mythologizing that definition as
the sole authentic definition ( we shall see much evidence of such activity in the ...
It also becomes necessary to analyse the particular forms of identities that serve
to create particular forms of social reality . In the present context , we must ask
about the precise contours of those identities which are implicated in organizing
Cultural resources invoked in this manner ( be they narratives surrounding
particular figures , social institutions or events ) are often described as “ myths ' .
This is not to judge them as erroneous or distorting ' reality ' . Rather , it is to
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