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 ...
Those who share political projects tend to advance similar constructions even if
different terms are used : Extract 6 ' s ... but both relate to a supposed collectivism
at the core of Scottish identity which coincides entirely with the Labour project .
political projects ( and hence category construction ) are shaped by structural
factors . Before closing this chapter it is appropriate to observe that the
importance of including a constructive and strategic dimension to our analyses is
not limited ...
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