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 a phrase : our ambition in writing this book is to use nationhood in
order to develop psychological understanding and to use psychology in order to
develop our understanding of nationhood . In order for the reader to understand
... a marginal concern , these concepts and methods have developed in a way
that is inimicable to understanding the two - sided relationship between social
categorization and social context – and hence to an understanding of nationhood
Finally , by showing the practical consequences of category definitions , self -
categorization theory raises the importance of understanding their antecedents .
This becomes a matter of societal as well as psychological importance since the
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