Ethnonationalism in the Contemporary World: Walker Connor and the Study of Nationalism, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Ethnonationalism in the Contemporary World

Walker Connor and the Study of Nationalism, 1st Edition

Edited by Daniele Conversi


324 pages

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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.


'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

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

About the Editor

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

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism