Nationalist Movements Explained: Comparisons from Canada, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Nationalist Movements Explained

Comparisons from Canada, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland, 1st Edition

By Maurice Pinard


240 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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This book examines nationalist movements in four ethnically plural countries, one of which has no previous experience of such movements at the national level. Presenting comparisons of the cases of Canada, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain, including descriptions of the social, economic and political contexts in each country, the author investigates the various determinants of each movement, shedding new light on what accounts for ethnic conflict and harmony. With attention to the degrees of equality and inequality among the various ethnic groups in each society, the extent to which these segments are fragmented and the degree to which there is internal communal integration, this volume also examines the particular roles played by political parties and resources in nationalist movements. A unique contribution to social movement theory based on important comparative analyses, this work will appeal to scholars of sociology and politics with interests in ethnic mobilization and contemporary social movements.

Table of Contents

1. Theoretical Perspectives on Nationalist Movements: A Summary Presentation

2. Comparative Overview of Recent Nationalist Movements

3. Social-Psychological Determinants of Nationalist Conflict I: Motivational Components

4. Social-Psychological Determinants II: Framing, Values and Beliefs, Protest Cycles

5. Structural Determinants: Broad Transformations, Opportunities, and Segmental, Organizational and Resource Mobilization Structures

6. Conclusions

About the Author

Maurice Pinard is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology at McGill University, Canada. He is the author of The Rise of a Third Party: A Study in Crisis Politics and Motivational Dimensions in Social Movements and Contentious Collective Action.

About the Series

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

Published in conjunction with Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the premier research journal in the field, this series publishes a broad range of research in social movements, protest and contentious politics. This is a growing field of social science research that spans sociology and political science as well as anthropology, geography, communications and social psychology. Enjoying a broad remit, the series welcomes books on the following topics: social movement networks; social movements in the global South; social movements, protest, and culture; personalist politics, such as living environmentalism, guerrilla gardens, anticonsumerist communities, and anarchist-punk collectives; and emergent repertoires of contention.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General