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Nationalism in a Global Era
The Persistence of Nations

ISBN 9780415414050
Published April 24, 2007 by Routledge
272 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume makes a unique contribution to the literature on nations and nationalism by examining why nations remain a vibrant and strong social cohesive despite the threat of globalization.

Regardless of predictions forecasting the demise of the nation-state in the global era, the nation persists as an important source of identity, community, and collective memory for most of the world's population. More than simply a corrective to the many scholarly but premature epitaphs for the nation-state, this book explains the continued health of nations in the face of looming threats. The contributors include leading experts in the field, such as Anthony D. Smith, William Safran, Edward Tiryakian as well as younger scholars, whom adopt a variety of approaches ranging from theoretical to empirical and historical to sociological, in order to uncover both the reasons that nations continue to remain vital and the mechanisms that help perpetuate them. The book includes case studies on Ireland, Thailand, Poland, the Baltic States, Croatia and Jordan.

Nationalism in a Global Era will be of great interest to students and researchers of international politics, sociology, nationalism and ethnicity.

Table of Contents

The Owl’s Early Flight: Globalization and Nationalism, An Introduction.  Section 1: Theoretical Approaches.  Nations in Decline? The Erosion and Persistence of Modern National Identities.  Comparing Visions of the Nation: The Role of Ethnicity, Religion and Diaspora Nationalism in Armenian, Jewish, and Sikh Relations to the Homeland.  When is the Nation No Longer?  Section 2: Memory and the Persistence of Nations.  The Appeal of Nationhood: National Celebrations & Commemorations.  The Persistence of the Turkish Nation in the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.  Which ‘Nation’ Persists?: The Competing Notions of the Thai Nation as Reflected in Public Monuments.  The Cross, the Madonna, and the Jew: Persistent Symbolic Representations of the Nation in Poland.  National Identity and Tourism in 20th Century Ireland: The Role of Collective Re-Imagining.  Section 3: Threat, Response, Re-Emergence.  The Persistence of the Baltic Nations under Soviet Rule: An Ethno-Symbolist Critique of Modernist Perspectives on the Breakup of the USSR.  Croatian Language Policy: Establishing National Identity in the Era of Globalization.  National Identity in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: State Made, Still Durable.

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Mitchell Young, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Eric Zuelow, West State Liberty State College, USA

Andreas Sturm, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK