Ethnonationalism in the Contemporary World: Walker Connor and the Study of Nationalism

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Daniele Conversi
Psychology Press, 2004 - Political Science - 302 pages
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In Ethnonationalism in the Contemporary World, world-renowned scholars employ various aspects of Connor's work to explicate the recent upsurge of nationalism on a global scale. In keeping with the growing awareness that the study of ethnonationalism requires an interdisciplinary approach, the contributors represent a number of academic disciplines, including anthropology, geography, history, linguistics, social psychology, sociology and world politics. The book discusses issues such as identity, ethnicity and nationalism, primordialism, social constructionism, ethnic conflict, separatism and federalism. It also features case studies on the Basque country, South Africa and Canada.
  

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Contents

Conceptualizing nationalism An introduction to Walker Connors work
1
Challenging the dogma of economism
4
a contrast with Ernest Gellner
6
Modernization and modernism
7
Nationalism as an emotional bond
9
A critique of intellectual elitism
11
Outline of the book
12
Notes
18
Sovereignty and separation
136
The distinct society and la survivance
137
Nationalism in Quebec
138
The latest reports
143
Conclusion
144
Notes
146
References
147
Applied Connorian perspectives
151

References
20
Nationalism and political illegitimacy
24
Selfdetermination
26
Popular popular sovereignty
28
The irregular trajectory of selfdetermination
32
The nonessentiallty of state legitimacy
36
By way of summary
41
Notes
42
References
47
Modernity and emotions
51
Dating the nation
53
Ethnonationalism
55
From ethnic group to nation
56
Nations and modernity
58
The mass nation
59
Psychology and structure
63
National symbols and institutions
64
Ancient nations?
65
Conclusion
68
References
69
The primordialists
72
What primordialists leave open
75
Evolutionary primordialism
77
Political entrepreneurs and primordialism
80
References
81
5 The primordialist constructivist debate today
83
The basic nature of the languageethnicity link
84
The causal consequences of the authentic languageethnicity link
85
ideal worlds that are worlds apart
86
The price of an ethnolinguistic ally diverse and pluralistic world
87
What kind of help do latecomers need and want?
88
Notes
90
Case studies
93
Sabinos sin Raeism and thr founding of Basque nationalism
95
The European racialist discourse
96
Basque racialist discourse
98
Creating a Basque race
101
Sabinos political agenda and racialist views
102
Discussion
107
Notes
108
References
110
Ethnonationalism in black and white Scholars and the South African revolution
113
the early years I94861
114
the consolidation of apartheid 196176
117
against the world 197690
121
explaining Mandelas miracle
124
Notes
127
References
128
Contemporary political discourse in Canada
130
Setting the scene
131
Federations and the management of nations Agreements and arguments with Walker Connor and Ernest Gellner
153
Connor and Gellner on the scale and durability of polycultural and multinational states
156
Federalism federal political systems federations and nationalism
159
Nationalism and federalism in practical political design and argument
160
A theory of the necessity of a federal Staatsvolk
166
Analytical conclusions
173
Practical political conclusions
175
Notes
177
References
179
Ethnic conflict and third party mediation A critical review Wifliam Safron
184
a note on the historical record
185
saving lives and other good causes
186
Peace processes and other facilitations
192
Methods processes and incentives
194
a possible agenda
198
Notes
202
References
203
Religion and nationalism in the First World
206
religion and the public sphere
209
religion and boundary maintenance
212
religion and conflict
220
Acknowledgements
222
References
223
Wider implications
227
12 Homeland making and the territorialization of national identity
229
Homeland making
230
Nationalizing spaceterritorializing the nation
231
Instruments of homeland making
232
Localizing the nationnationalizing localities
238
A postnational world?
240
Notes
244
References
245
Ethnicity and nationality The twin matrices of nationalism
248
Nationality
257
Conclusion
263
References
264
Resisting primordialism and other isms In lieu of conclusions
269
Essentialism
271
Cultural determinism
273
Historical determinism
275
Institutionalism vs culturalism?
277
where to go from here?
280
Conclusions
283
Notes
284
References
287
A bibliography 19672001 Articles
291
Chapters in books
293
Books and occasional papers
295
Index
296
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Daniele Conversi received his PhD at the London School of Economics. He taught at the Government and History Deptartments at Cornell and Syracuse Universities, as well as at the Central European University, Budapest. His book,The Basques, the Catalans, and Spain(1997) has been acclaimed by political scientists, historians, anthropologists and sociologists alike, and has been positively reviewed in nearly forty international journals. His second bookThe disintegration of Yugoslavia(2000) has recently been translated into Catalan. Daniele Conversi is currently working on a larger volume on Theories of Nationalism

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