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.
Chapter Four: Nationalism and Culture
Nationalism and Culture
In Chapter 3 we remarked on the cultural turn in the social sciences as a major aspect of their development over the last 30 or so years. The various manifestations of these developments have been far reaching as older traditions have been revised and new ones actively created. These developments lie at the heart of much new thinking apparent in the study of nationalism. In this chapter, we will explore a number of theorists that we consider represent this turn such as Smith, Eisenstadt and Giesen, Hobsbawm, Hedetoft, Calhoun, Yuval-Davis and Anderson and also consider the argument of others that add additional insight, supportive or critical, as appropriate. The theorists selected for consideration have been chosen because they stand as ...