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Rethinking Nationalism and Ethnicity : The Struggle for Meaning and Order in Europe - Hans-Rudolf Wicker

Rethinking Nationalism and Ethnicity

The Struggle for Meaning and Order in Europe

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9781859739266
Number Of Pages: 344

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While there has been a spate of books concerned with race and ethnicity in Europe more specifically, this timely volume offers a broader perspective and positions issues of identity, ethnicity, multiculturalism, xenophobia, regionalism and ethnonationalism within the wider contexts of trans- and supranationalism. With the weakening of welfare states and the homogenizing influences of globalization, nations within both Eastern and Western Europe are discovering that the battlefield of political action is being redefined, and as a result emotional alliances threaten to bypass the democratic systems of the past. Offering fresh insights that are both empirically and theoretically informed, this book illuminates the processes and consequences of these new developments. In particular, it reviews Marx's, Durkheim's and Simmel's theories on nationalism and national identity, and presents case studies of Belgium, Italy's Northern League, right-wing intellectual production in Russia, and much more.

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'For American readers, who often take the centrality of ethnicity (and race) for granted, this volume will provide helpful insights into the intellectual challenges faced by European social scientists as they work to adjust their theoretical tools to the study of ethnicity.' Anthropological Quarterly

Introduction: Theorizing Ethnicity and Nationalismp. 1
The Future of Ethnonations in a United Europep. 43
Nationalism and the Theory of Societyp. 57
Marx and Durkheim on Nationalismp. 73
The Quest for Identity: Modern Strangers and New/Old Ethnicities in Europep. 91
Multiculturalism and Universalism in the United States and EU-Europep. 111
Multiculturalism and Political Integration: The Need for a Differentiated Citizenship?p. 127
Multiculturalism and the Sphere Theories of Hannah Arendt and John Rexp. 143
Ethnic Revivals Within Nation-States? The Theories of E. Gellner and A. D. Smith Revisitedp. 163
Affiliation, Exclusion and the National State: 'Ethnic Discourses' and Minorities in East Central Europep. 175
Re-Imagining the Jew in Hungary: The Reconstruction of Ethnicity through Political Affiliationp. 193
Majority as a Minority: The Russian Ethno-Nationalism and its Ideology in the 1970s-1990sp. 211
The Nationalist Game: State Dominance and Ethnic Nationalismp. 225
Boundaries, Cohesion and Switching: On We-Groups in Ethnic National and Religious Formsp. 251
Italy's Northern League: Between Ethnic Citizenship and a Federal Statep. 273
The Dilemma of Separation Versus Union: The New Dynamic of Nationalist Politics in Belgiump. 287
Ethnicity and National Educational Systems in Western Europep. 303
Notes on Contributorsp. 319
Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9781859739266
ISBN-10: 1859739261
Series: Nationalism & Internationalism S.
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1