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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As Zerubavel explains , this linkage of past to present is hardly innocent , since it
silences any Palestinian claim to the past and therefore to the land . Once again ,
the new nation is served well by its new history . If the Czech example differs ...
Conclusion The past , it is sometimes said , is a foreign country . The point of this
chapter has been to argue that we can never allow the past to be foreign to us ,
for to do so would be to cede it to others and thereby cede them a key advantage
In similar vein , Dijkink ( 1996 ) observes that there is ' no age limit ' on the dates
which may be invoked in such histories and that the neglect of the recent past
should not be too surprising . Writing of Serbian nationalism , he explains that if
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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