Contemporary Nationalism by David Brown

By David Brown

This e-book examines the difficult politics of latest nationalism, and the global resurgence of ethno-nationalist clash. It analyses the middle theories of nationalism, construction upon those theories and supplying a transparent analytical framework by which to process the topic. This impressive quantity positive factors exact case- stories discussing nationalist rivalry in components together with Spain, Singapore, Ghana and Australia in addition to Northern eire, Kosovo and Rwanda disputes.

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The nationalism which emerges, whether as a real sentiment or an ideological lever to generate such a sentiment, is civic nationalism. But if the state were viewed from the alternative perspective—as the agency of whichever social group in society captures it, then ethnocultural nationalism seems to be implied. Any such group, however pernicious their intentions, will wish to claim that they represent the whole society. It is possible, but not likely, that they may do this by showing how the internal diversity of their own interests and values reflect the diversity of interests and values of the wider society.

But these images of the open, voluntaristic community based on rational choice coexist with less rational ideas of ‘love of country’, loyalty and self-sacrifice which have their origin in religious ideas of the sacred soil of the ancestors (the homeland, the motherland, the fatherland) and ideas of a community of ethical obligation where ‘citizens owe to their patria…a benevolent love similar to the affection that they feel for their parents and relatives, a love that expresses itself in acts of service and care’ (Viroli 1995:20 and n.

But these images of the open, voluntaristic community based on rational choice coexist with less rational ideas of ‘love of country’, loyalty and self-sacrifice which have their origin in religious ideas of the sacred soil of the ancestors (the homeland, the motherland, the fatherland) and ideas of a community of ethical obligation where ‘citizens owe to their patria…a benevolent love similar to the affection that they feel for their parents and relatives, a love that expresses itself in acts of service and care’ (Viroli 1995:20 and n.

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