The Sociology of Nationalism: Tomorrow's Ancestors

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In recent years nationalism has emerged as one of the dominant issues of our time. In this lucid and balanced account, David McCrone lays out the key issues and debates around a subject which is too often obscured by polemic. Among topics covered are:
* classical and contemporary theories of nationalism
* nationalism and ethnicity
* nationalism and the nation state
* colonial and post-colonial nationalisms
* neo nationalism and post communist nationalism.

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Having previously written of Scotland as a stateless nation, McCrone (sociology, Edinburgh U.) here lays out the key issues and debates around nationalism that are usually obscured by the political polemic of debates. He argues that nationalism operates as a vehicle for varied social and economic interests, and so cannot be categorized simply as an ideology of the right or left. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The fall and rise of nationalism 1
2 Tribe, place and identity: ethnicity and nationalism 22
3 Inventing the past: history and nationalism 44
4 'Devils at his back': nationalism and Ernest Gellner 64
5 Nation as state: nationalism and state-building 85
6 Dialectic with the other: liberation nationalism in the twentieth century 102
7 In and out of the state: the rise and rise of neo-nationalism 125
8 The unforeseen revolution: post-communist nationalism 149
9 Nationalism and its futures 169
Bibliography 188
Index 199
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