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Are we witnessing the fall of nationalism to globalization? In his classic Nations and Nationalism Since 1780, Eric Hobsbawm argued that over the course of time nationalism would no longer be a vital political program and the world would become ‘largely supranational’ (1992, 191). Or do we take Anthony Smith’s conclusion in Nation and Nationalism […]

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It is a curious paradox that while the two most influential books on nationalism in the past 30 years, Imagined Communities ([1983] 2006) and Banal Nationalism (1997), both put media at the heart of their analyses, the relationship between media and nation has warranted relatively little attention from either scholars of the media or nationalism! […]

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Nation Branding 2020

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The practice of nation branding combines public interests and resources with corporate practices and commercial aims through the creation of campaigns intended to increase foreign investment and create a competitive international image. As an industry, nation branding took off in the late 1990s, to become a fast-growing, new specialist area for consultants. Practitioners in the […]

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Works on nations and nationalism often include an introductory chapter on empires before more substantive matters are examined. Conversely, books on empires typically conclude with summary reflections on the rise of nations. This reveals a particular perspective in the larger literature where the worlds of empires and nation-states have long been clearly differentiated from each […]

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The belated application of gender analysis to nationalism studies is captured in an oft-quoted statement by Anne McClintock: Nationalism [is] radically constitutive of people’s identities, through social contests that are […] always gendered. But, if the invented nature of nationalism has found wide theoretical currency, explorations of the gendering of the national imaginary have been […]

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Much like other works on nationalism, this article explores the ‘interrelationships’ between concepts that are themselves difficult to ‘delimit’ (Hutchinson 2017). What kind of general claims for example can be made about the linkages between a phenomenon like nationalism, that can take on both conservative and liberal forms, and social classes, the defining attributes, origins […]

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Research on the link between nationalism and social memory has gained momentum since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Historians, social scientists, and philosophers have often attempted to explain the link between nationalism and memory through a historical lens that frames the story of a nation-state’s formation in a linear progression. Social memory is thus […]

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Nationalism and war 2017

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There is a huge literature relevant to exploring aspects of the interrelationships between nationalism and warfare, but there are few systematic accounts of these linkages. John Hall and Sinisa Malešević (2013) provide an excellent overview in the introduction to their edited collection. A significant problem is the complexity of delimiting what we mean by warfare. […]

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Transnationalism 2016

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The ‘transnational turn’ in migration studies, beginning in the early 1990s, has been the subject of vigorous debate by migration scholars, with ‘transnationalism’ (and its family members – transnational, transmigrant, transnationality) becoming contested terms as theorists discuss and develop different strands of the literature.

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Nationalism and sport , 2016

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Over the last thirty years, Eric Dunning’s claim that ‘sport matters’ has been widely accepted in social science scholarship. This development in scholarly debates fittingly reflects modern sport’s global interconnections and social effects in the economic, cultural and political realms, which have established it as a powerful facilitator, provider and resource for an ‘array of identities’.

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