Hierarchies of Belonging: National Identity and Political Culture in Scotland and Quebec

Hierarchies of Belonging: National Identity and Political Culture in Scotland and Quebec

by Ailsa Henderson


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Nationalism has long been a potent political force in Scotland and Quebec. Hierarchies of Belonging explores the construction of national identity and nationalism and shows how they affect the ways in which citizens of Scotland and Quebec understand their relationship to the nation and the state.

Ailsa Henderson analyses linguistic, racial, cultural, economic, and political diversity in Scotland and Quebec in both historical and contemporary contexts. Challenging the assumption that nationalism in Scotland can be characterized as "civic" in contrast to an "ethnic" model in Quebec, Henderson adopts a more complex model of national identity that distinguishes between nationalistic rhetoric, which is invariably civic in form, and public understandings of belonging, which tend to rely on ethnic markers. In Hierarchies of Belonging she demonstrates that nationalist rhetoric and a sense of belonging affect how citizens feel about the state, the nation, and each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773532687
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 11/02/2007
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ailsa Henderson is assistant professor, political science, University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     3
The Nation and the State     19
Inside the Nation     53
The Political Use of National Identity     80
Measuring National Identity     115
National Political Cultures     143
National Identity and Political Culture     164
Cultural Boundaries and National Inclusion     180
Notes     195
Bibliography     199
Index     243

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