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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In the book , described on the frontispiece by George Bernard Shaw as “ a
righteous piece of work ' , Fyfe sets himself the task ' of proving national character
to be an illusion , and one that is doing great harm in the world ' ( 1946 : 2 ) .
Identity will be fragmented , contested and variable , as we have described .
Different projects will be grounded through different descriptions of what the
category means and different electoral projects , which seek to mobilize all within
Just before polling day the residents of North East Fife received a newsletter from
the Conservative candidate seeking to unseat the incumbent Liberal Democrat
MP . This candidate was described as coming from a family that were ' the oldest
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