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 our position is accepted as self - evident ( we need to look at the ways that
others relate to ingroup interests if we want to know how group identification will
affect our orientation to those others , and hence the way to affect these
The important thing , which should by now be a familiar refrain , albeit sung in a
slightly different key , is how speakers seek to show that their party position
concerning relations with supra - national entities serves the national interest .
Taking this evidence into account , we are now in a position not only to endorse ,
but to enrich our understanding of boundary drawing . In quotes throughout this
section we find people seeking to define the criteria which determine who is part
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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