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Nationalism and Social Theory

Nationalism and Social Theory
Modernity and the Recalcitrance of the Nation

First Edition

May 2002 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Why has nationalism proved so durable? What are the roots of its appeal? This sharp and accessible book slices through the myths surrounding nationalism and provides an important new perspective on this perennial subject.

The book argues that: nationalism is persistent, not merely because of its specific ideological appeal, but because it expresses some of the major conflicts in modernity; nationalism reflects and reinforces four key trends in western social development: state formation, democratization, capitalism and the rationalization of culture; the forms of nationalism can be organized into a comprehensive typology which is outlined in the course of this study; post-nationalism and cosmopolitanism are significant innovations in the debate about nation-states and nationalism; and that the new radical nationalisms have become powerful new movements in the global age.

Modernity, Nationalism and Social Theory
A General Outline

Modernity and Nationalism
Transformation and Integration

Nationalism and Structure
Nationalism and Culture
Nationalism, Agency and Social Change
Towards a Typology of Forms of Nationalism
The New Radical Nationalisms
Globalization, Xenophobia and Cultural Violence

Debating the Limits of Nationalism
Possibilities for Postnationalism


`An outstanding contribution to the sociology of nationalism and modernity, Delanty and O’Mahony have developed a major sociological perspective on the kaleidoscopic world of nationalism, patriotism, xenophobia and fundamentalism.' - Bryan S. Turner University of Cambridge

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