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.

The New Radical Nationalisms: Globalization, Xenophobia and Cultural Violence

The new radical nationalisms: Globalization, xenophobia and cultural violence

In the concluding two chapters of this book, carrying on from the temporally specified typology outlined in the last chapter, we will review the current manifestations of nationalism and reflect on its future prospects. Before doing so, in the following pages, an attempt is made to resume the book through its central theoretical framework and arguments. This will have the additional value of setting the scene for the treatment of contemporary nationalism in the final two chapters.

Two related theoretical perspectives were developed in Chapters 1 and 2 that set up our treatment of theories and forms of nationalism in Chapters 3 through to 6. In Chapter 1, four ...

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