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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To put it in more general terms , the creation of spaces in which versions of
nationhood are matched by practical experience is likely to enhance the
effectiveness of those versions – and hence their subsequent ability to shape
reality still ...
We may define social identities in order to shape collective practices and to bring
about a world in the image of our categorical understandings . However , the
world is not a passive medium that we can shape at will . There is always ...
between the power of the collective to shape the social world and the resistance
offered by the social world . The power of the collective can likewise be divided
into a number of factors . Some will have to do with the ability to reach people ...
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