By U. Ozkirimli
Following on without delay from the author's Theories of Nationalism which gives a finished overview of the most methods to its learn, Umut Ozkirimli's new booklet addresses the foremost parts of discussion and key concerns within the examine of nationalism within the modern international. Broad-ranging and really foreign in scope, it combines transparent exposition of latest positions and views with the improvement of the author's personal review and synthesis.
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Hence many people may simply respond to their calls out of fear of coerCion. Such coercion may sometimes involve the direct threat of death. As Spencer and Wollman point out, the alternative in war to sacrifice might be the firing squad or to be exposed to danger in the front-line as a non-combatant. At other The Theory of Nationalism 49 times, it may involve shame or abuse, which can act as powerful enforcers of the general will (1999: 113; Hechter 2000: 24). Resonance and cultural homogenization may also be the unintended consequences of other factors such as economic and technological developments or military policies (Hechter 2000: 66-7).
Hence conceptual, theoretical and normative issues about nationalism are inextricably linked. This has far-reaching implications for the way we study nationalism given that our theories are intimately bound up with our current political concerns and normative judgements. More often than not, we embark on the study of nationalism with a particular national conflict in our mind, and our view of it necessar- ily impinges on our general perception of nationalism. In fact, Illost theorists have their own favourite nations, usually their own.
As such they have no existence beyond our politics, our social relations) and our histories. We must take responsibility for their uses and abuses, recognizing that every assertion of identity involves a choice that affects not just ourselves but others. : 5) This has also taught us to be wary of employing reifying conceptions of identity, and accordingly of nation, ethnic group, culture and the like. 'Rathel; cultures and social groups - taken at any level of analysis (local, regional, national, transnational) - are now conceptualized in terms of ongoing processes of "construction" and "negotiation'" (Handler 1994: 27).
Contemporary Debates on Nationalism: A Critical Engagement by U. Ozkirimli