This exciting new textbook is the first to offer students a truly comprehensive AND engaging account of the vibrant topic of Nationalism.
Packed with a series of rich, illustrative examples, this book examines this powerful and remarkable political force by exploring: Definitions of Nationalism, including normative and descriptive approaches; The manifestation of Nationalism through language; The relationship between Religion and Nationalism; Discussions on the political uses of History as a social construct; The social roots of ideologies and the significance of class and gender; Different kinds of nationalist movements, ranging from dominant majorities to peripheral minorities; Explanations of nationalist mobilization, taking into account historical, socio-economic and sociological approaches; State responses to Nationalism; Territorial and non-territorial devolutions of power and the relationship between Nationalism and Federalism
Nationalism, Ethnicity and the State is an insightful read for both undergraduate and graduate students of politics and international relations.
Chapter 2: Nationalism, Race and Gender
Nationalism, Race and Gender
The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in November 2008 was greeted by the media as a momentous occasion – as ‘a strikingly symbolic moment in the evolution of the nation's fraught racial history’, according to the New York Times (4 November 2008), which reminded its readers that the election marked ‘a new era in a country where just 143 years ago, Mr Obama, as a black man, could have been owned as a slave’. The election represented the collapse of yet another de facto barrier to political progress in a country where, as recently as the 1950s, the conventional wisdom was that the election of a Catholic to the presidency would be near-impossible, ...