Why has nationalism proved so durable? What are the roots of its appeal? This sharp and accessible book slices through the myths surrounding nationalism and provides an important new perspective on this perennial subject. The book argues that: nationalism is persistent, not merely because of its specific ideological appeal, but because it expresses some of the major conflicts in modernity; nationalism reflects and reinforces four key trends in western social development: state formation, democratization, capitalism and the rationalization of culture; the forms of nationalism can be organized into a comprehensive typology which is outlined in the course of this study; post-nationalism and cosmopolitanism are significant innovations in the debate about nation-states and nationalism; and that the new radical nationalisms have become powerful new movements in the global age.

Modernity, Nationalism and Social Theory: A General Outline

Modernity, nationalism and social theory: A general outline

The aim of this chapter is to provide a working theory of modernity which will serve as a framework for locating nationalism in the modern world. For present purposes, a general conception of nationalism is used and the concept will be treated in a more differentiated manner in the following chapters. As noted in the introduction, despite the huge recent interest in both nationalism and modernity, the respective bodies of literature have not been brought together. The social theory of modernity has, on the whole, been blind to one of the most significant forces in modernity.

The idea of modernity has become one of the most discussed concepts in social and ...

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