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Ethnonationalism in the Contemporary World
Walker Connor and the Study of Nationalism

Edited By

Daniele Conversi

ISBN 9780415332736
Published March 12, 2004 by Routledge
324 Pages

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Book Description

In Ethnonationalism in the Contemporary World, world-renowned scholars employ various aspects of Connor's work to explicate the recent upsurge of nationalism on a global scale. In keeping with the growing awareness that the study of ethnonationalism requires an interdisciplinary approach, the contributors represent a number of academic disciplines, including anthropology, geography, history, linguistics, social psychology, sociology and world politics. The book discusses issues such as identity, ethnicity and nationalism, primordialism, social constructionism, ethnic conflict, separatism and federalism. It also features case studies on the Basque country, South Africa and Canada.

Table of Contents

Preface 1 - Conceptualizing Nationalism, Daniele Conversi; 2 - Nationalism and Political Illegitimacy, Walker Connor; Modernity and Emotions 3 - Dating the Nation, Anthony D Smith; 4 - The Primordialists, Donald L. Horowitz; 5 - The Primordialist/ Constructivist Debate Today, Joshua A. Fishman; Case Studies 6 - Sabino's Sin: Racism and the Founding of Basque Nationalism, William Douglass; 7 - Ethnonationalism in Black and White: Scholars and the South African revolution, John Stone; 8 - Sovereignty or separation? Contemporary political discourse in Canada, John Edwards; Applied Connorian Perspectives 9 - Federations and The Management of Nations: Walker Connor and Ernest Gellner, Brendan OíLeary; 10 - Ethnic conflict and third party mediation: A critical review, William Safran; 11 - Religion and Nationalism in the First World, John Coakley; Wider Implications
12 - Homeland Making and the Territorialization of National Identity, Robert J. Kaiser; 13 - Ethnicity and Nationality: The Twin-Matrices of Nationalism, Thomas Spira; 14 - Resisting Primordialism (and other -isms), Daniele Conversi; 15 - A Bibliography, 1967-2001, Walker Connor

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Daniele Conversi received his PhD at the London School of Economics. He taught at the Government and History Deptartments at Cornell and Syracuse Universities, as well as at the Central European University, Budapest. His book,The Basques, the Catalans, and Spain(1997) has been acclaimed by political scientists, historians, anthropologists and sociologists alike, and has been positively reviewed in nearly forty international journals. His second bookThe disintegration of Yugoslavia(2000) has recently been translated into Catalan. Daniele Conversi is currently working on a larger volume on Theories of Nationalism


'In the first book-length treatment of Walker Connor's ideas on nationalism, the editor Daniele Conversi persuasively argues that, to a lesser or greater extent, we are all Connorian in our approaches to the
study of nationalism. ... This stimulating collection of essays is indeed beneficial to both graduate students and researchers. Regardless whether they accept Connor's argument or not, they will certainly gain a much clearer understanding of the implications of various concepts and theories of nationalism.'

- Dejan Guzina, Political Studies Review

'Daniele Conversi is to be warmly congratulated on producing this edited volume; allowing the contributors too debate with each other, as it were, around the theme of the primordial roots of the very modern phenomena of nations an nationalism raises many questions, suggests some highly relevant answers, and points the way to fruitful new research on this vital dimensions of social and political life.'

- Stephen Barbour, University of East Anglia, UK