Nationalism and Social Theory
Modernity and the Recalcitrance of the Nation
- Gerard Delanty - University of Liverpool, UK, University of Sussex, UK
- Patrick O'Mahony - National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland
The book argues that: nationalism is persistent, not merely because of its specific ideological appeal, but because it expresses some of the major conflicts in modernity; nationalism reflects and reinforces four key trends in western social development: state formation, democratization, capitalism and the rationalization of culture; the forms of nationalism can be organized into a comprehensive typology which is outlined in the course of this study; post-nationalism and cosmopolitanism are significant innovations in the debate about nation-states and nationalism; and that the new radical nationalisms have become powerful new movements in the global age.
`An outstanding contribution to the sociology of nationalism and modernity, Delanty and O’Mahony have developed a major sociological perspective on the kaleidoscopic world of nationalism, patriotism, xenophobia and fundamentalism.' - Bryan S. Turner University of Cambridge