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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This evidence indicates that the scope of nationalism ( in the sense of basing one
' s claims and seeking support on the basis of national categories ) cannot be
limited to the political nationalists in the sense of those who support the
In order to understand these debates , it is necessary to look at their historical
development and the way in which a sense of Britishness came into being .
According to Colley this sense gradually developed after the Union of 1707
through a ...
In this sense , the nationalist use of psychology is used against a psychological
understanding of nationhood . By looking at these uses we can see both the
problems with certain psychological ideas and also the importance of avoiding
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The National Question
Representing the National Community 152 7 Representing the National Community
Psychology and Nationhood
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