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Chapter 7: Nationalism and Social Structure
When airline passengers are stopped for further investigation by airport security staff, by immigration police or by customs officers, there is commonly an underlying pattern: their identity documents, physical appearance, body language or mode of dress draw attention to them as standing out in some manner – as being ‘different’ in a way that might reward further investigation. The officials in question are unlikely to be operating at random: they have formed a hunch that certain characteristics offer a clue to an individual's worldview and behaviour.
This may extend to the political world. It has commonly been suggested that nationalism is linked to the social background of those involved: that Kurdish nationalism in Turkey is a distinctive concern of ...