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 7: Nationalism and Social Structure
Nationalism and Social Structure
When airline passengers are stopped for further investigation by airport security staff, by immigration police or by customs officers, there is commonly an underlying pattern: their identity documents, physical appearance, body language or mode of dress draw attention to them as standing out in some manner – as being ‘different’ in a way that might reward further investigation. The officials in question are unlikely to be operating at random: they have formed a hunch that certain characteristics offer a clue to an individual's worldview and behaviour.
This may extend to the political world. It has commonly been suggested that nationalism is linked to the social background of those involved: that Kurdish nationalism in Turkey is a distinctive concern of ...