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Nationalism and Social Structure
Nationalism and social structure
Introduction

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 ...

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