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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

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Nationalism and Language
Nationalism and language
Introduction

When we meet strangers, among the first clues that we pick up as to their backgrounds are linguistic ones. Language (the actual code spoken, and the manner in which it is articulated) tells us a great deal about other human characteristics. We frequently use it as a short-cut that allows us – fairly or unfairly – to pigeon-hole people whom we have just met, to place them in a category that makes sense to us. In many contexts, it is language that is used to tell friend from foe, to distinguish between members of in- and out-groups. This tendency can be traced back to biblical times, when we find an instance where a particular word, ‘shibboleth’ (probably meaning a stream), ...

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