Nations as Zones of Conflict

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Overview

'In this excellent and thought-provoking book. Hutchinson has taken the debate about nations and nationalism a significant step forward. His view of nations as zones of conflict is a useful and appropriate way of approaching this subject, making an important contribution to the field - one that may come to shape the literature' - Paul Hopper, School of Historical and Critical Studies, University of Brighton

What is the relationship between nations and conflict? Is globalization really eroding national sovereignty and cultural unity? This novel and compelling book explores such questions, arguing that it is wrong to assume that nations are culturally uniform. Hutchinson asserts that resting on older diverse ethnic identities, nations adapt from the unpredictable challenges of modernity, and such plurality makes them prone to cultural wars. He redefines nation-state formation as an outcome of unending and reversible processes, stating that even when nationalists win control, the nation state is never hegemonic since it is only one of many actors in the modern world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761957270
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/18/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
An Alternative Model
Organisation
PART ONE: ZONES OF CONFLICT
Introduction
The Modernist Critique
Ethnosymbolists and Recurring Factors
Ethnogenetic Factors
Ethnie as Social and Political Actors
The Rise of States and Modern Processes
Ethnic Continuities and Modern Nations
Conclusions
PART TWO: THE REVIVALIST REVOLUTION
Introduction
Romanticism as an Ethnocultural Movement
National Revivalism and Social Transformation
Moral Innovators
National Sacrifice and Mythic Overlaying
Conclusions
PART THREE: CULTURAL WARS
Introduction
Cultural Wars in Modern Nations
The Roots of Conflict
Significance and Consequences
Polarisation
The Elaboration of a National Identity
Persisting Differences
Conclusions
PART FOUR: HOT AND BANAL NATIONALISMS
Introduction
The Rise of the Mass Nation
Nationalism from below
Patterns of Mass Identification with the Nation
Fluctuating Identities
Banal Nationalism
Conclusions
PART FIVE: NATIONALISM AND THE CLASH OF CIVILISATIONS
Introduction
Globalisation and Nationalism
Regionalism
European Union and the National States
The Clash of Civilisations
Conclusions

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