Personal Identity, National Identity and International Relations

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Cambridge University Press, May 25, 1990 - Political Science - 206 pages
Personal Identity, National Identity and International Relations is the first psychological study of nation-building, nationalism, mass mobilisation and foreign policy processes. In a bold exposition of identification theory, William Bloom relates mass psychological processes to international relations. He draws on Freud, Mead, Erikson, Parsons and Habermas to provide a rigorously argued answer to the longstanding theoretical problem of how to aggregate from individual attitudes to mass behaviour. With a detailed analysis of the nation-building experience of preindustrial France and England, William Bloom applies the theory to international relations.

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About the author (1990)

Bloom studied politics, social theory and psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he now lectures occasionally on psychological problems in international relations. He is director of Alternatives Programme at St.James's C

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