Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in making sense of the modern world. Students are both introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which shape our lives. Key features of the book are: clearly structured and readable prose; bullet pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic; makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates; focuses on relevance and practicality; chapter lay-out which is ideal for t



Nationalism is an ideology which legitimates the existence and activities of territorial states on the basis of characteristics (‘ethnic’, cultural, linguistic, historical, etc.) supposedly shared by, and specific to, their inhabitants. It is a primary medium through which culture and politics are related in the modern world. It has some influence on virtually every sort of political conflict. This is easily seen in contemporary cases like the conflicts over Bosnia or Kosovo, the reshaping of nationalisms in Russian and Indian politics, the relationships of Britain and other member states with the European Union, and controversies over immigration and citizenship rights. Nationalism is, however, perhaps most pervasive where it permeates other political ideologies and animates controversies which are less obviously ‘nationalist’ in content. Class conflicts are ...

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