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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We are not suggesting that it is the past in itself which provides the material for
nationalist narratives . Rather , it is the contemporary store of historical icons ,
historical myths and historical images which provides the building blocks .
Condor ( 1996 , 1997 , 2000a , in press ) echoes this point , and her studies of
English national identity provide some of the ... Her investigation of how people
articulate their national belonging provides a very different view of identity to that
There may be other artefacts which are commonly agreed to be national icons
and which provide powerful support when ... All of these things are open to
interpretation , all of them provide fields of argumentation , the argumentation
provides a ...
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The National Question
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Psychology and Nationhood
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