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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They expect agreement and they seek agreement with others who are included
within the collective self - definition . In specific terms , members of any given
group will behave in the terms on which the relevant self - category is defined .
We would expect them to seek support for their party positions by presenting
these positions as the enactment of ... of any national identity both between
different politicians and parties seeking to mobilize the population in support of
That is , there is a process whereby group members seek to reach consensus (
which Haslam , Oakes , Turner , McGarty and Reynolds ( 1998 ) call “
consensualization ' ) which is the basis for differences over where that consensus
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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