“A conceptually power-packed volume that is at once erudite and accessible, expansive and focused, true to sociological traditions yet stimulatingly exploratory. Scholars and students will be served very well by this absorbing, far-reaching enquiry into ethnicity and race.” - Raymond Taras, Tulane University “[W]hat Meer offers with this distinctive new volume is a brief survey of the academic approach to key subjects in this area. For example, the entry titled ‘Racialisation’ opens with the provenance of the subject in the works of W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon; then Meer traces debates about whether the concept can be projected back upon history... Meer offers in-depth coverage of 28 concepts, including ‘Citizenship,’ ‘Hybridity,’ ‘Intersectionality,’ ‘Post-colonialism,’ ‘Transnationalism,’ and more… Students wanting a guide into the deeper realms of academic theorizing on race and ethnicity will be well served.” - G. A. Lancaster, Choice This book offers an accessible discussion of both foundational and novel concepts in the study of race and ethnicity. Each account will help readers become familiar with how long standing and contemporary arguments within race and ethnicity studies contribute to our understanding of social and political life more broadly. Providing an excellent starting point with which to understand the contemporary relevance of these concepts, Nasar Meer offers an up-to-date and engaging consideration of everyday examples from around the world. This is an indispensable guide for both students and established researchers interested in the study of race and ethnicity.
Chapter 17: Nationalism
Nationalism is more than a description of a political movement. It also describes a field of study concerned with the configuration of identity with contemporary state and society, including the provenance and implications of those identities, and so spans questions of sociology, history and politics.
Nationalism, argues Hearn (2006: 11), is best conceived as ‘the making of combined claims, on behalf of a population, to an identity, to jurisdiction and to territory’. This definition is put forward in a manner that emphasises the processes (e.g. ‘making of’) nationalism, rather than its objective content per se. Yet it is a definition that is also sensitive to how nationalism can entail a meaningful reflection of people’s ‘consciousness’ too, and the dialectical interactions these may reflect. As such ...