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Modern Roots

This volume offers a view of national identity as a cultural system of information which bestows historical meaning and social cohesion on modern political communities. The contributors reveal how diverse and vast the themes, practices and symbols used to encourage national identification can be, but they also show how the making of national identity corresponds to globally shared expectations: the longing for authenticity, the search for historical continuity and rootedness in a common territory. National identities are diverse and respond to change, but the ways in which nation-building seeks to provide the masses with a sense of belonging are strikingly similar all over the world.
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Contents: Introduction: The study of national identity, Natividad Gutierrez. Dimensions of National Identity: Interpretations of national identity, Anthony D. Smith; Theories of national personality revisited: Anglo-American models and French conceptions, Philippe Claret; National identity and modernity, Montserrat Guibernau. Symbolizing the Nation: Forging the authentic nation: Alpine landscape and Swiss national identity, Oliver Zimmer; Folk culture and the construction of European national identities between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, Anne-Marie Thiese and Catherine Bertho-Lavenir; The shaping of a nation: Catalan history and historicity in Post-Franco Spain, Yolaine Cultiaux. Teaching National Identity: Recreating the French nation: the teaching of history at the A%ocole Libre des Sciences Politiques at the end of the nineteenth century, Corinne Delmas; National identity construction and the teacher's unions of the Germanys and Japan, 1945-1955, Julian Dierkes; Hindu nationalism and the social welfare strategy, Christophe Jaffrelot. Disrupted National Identities: Nationalism and the politics of national identities in Latin America: gender, power and racism, Sallie Westwood; The difficult stabilization of Turkish national identity, Gerard Groc; Between mimesis and rebellion: the vicissitudes of Romanian nationalism, Catherine Durandin. Conclusion: Culture and national identity, Alain Dieckhoff.

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Alain Dieckhoff, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, France Natividad Gutierrez, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico Natividad Gutierrez, Anthony D. Smith, Philippe Claret, Montserrat Guibernau, Oliver Zimmer, Anne-Marie Thiese, Catherine Bertho-Lavenir, Yolaine Cultiaux, Corinne Delmas, Julian Dierkes, Christophe Jaffrelot, Sallie Westwood, Gerard Groc, Catherine Durandin, Alain Dieckhoff.


'...the volume has been well-selected with a good balance between theory and case studies. The texts are logically arranged, and drawn together well by the introduction and conclusion. Many chapters have been translated from French, making them more widely available...The broad focus and extensive theoretical material mean that most readers will find at least several useful chapters herein.' The Global Review of Ethnopolitics 'This book will please those who are interested in the theoretical, symbolic, social and conflicting dimensions of nationalism. It combines a certain unity of problematique with a great diversity of topics. The essays are of mixed interest, but they offer a fair sampling of European (and mostly French) research on national identity.' Nationalism and Ethnic Politics '...this collection of articles brings some fresh life into understanding national identity.' Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism '...readers of this rich volume will enjoy a piece of work that goes a long way towards helping the social sciences recognize the crucial influence of national structures in the shaping of group identities.' Intercultural Education ' interesting and useful addition...some of the case studies provided here are very illuminating. The book will be of interest to scholars and students in a wide range of academic disciplines and, indeed, it is one that I have recommended to many of my final-year and masters-level students.' Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

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