Nationalism, Ethnicity and the State
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Nationalism, Ethnicity and the State

Making and Breaking Nations


© 2013 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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This exciting new textbook is the first to offer students a truly comprehensive AND engaging account of the vibrant topic of Nationalism.

Packed with a series of rich, illustrative examples, this book examines this powerful and remarkable political force by exploring:

  • Definitions of Nationalism, including normative and descriptive approaches
  • The manifestation of Nationalism through language
  • The relationship between Religion and Nationalism
  • Discussions on the political uses of History as a social construct
  • The social roots of ideologies and the significance of class and gender
  • Different kinds of nationalist movements, ranging from dominant majorities to peripheral minorities
  • Explanations of nationalist mobilization, taking into account historical, socio-economic and sociological approaches
  • State responses to Nationalism
  • Territorial and non-territorial devolutions of power and the relationship between Nationalism and Federalism

Nationalism, Ethnicity and the State is an insightful read for both undergraduate and graduate students of politics and international relations.

Introduction
The Study of Nationalism
Introduction  
Matters of Definition  
Matters of Evaluation  
Matters of Analysis  
Conclusion  
PART ONE: NATION AND SOCIETY
Nationalism, Race and Gender
Introduction  
Race and Nation  
Gender and Nation  
Conclusion  
Nationalism and Language
Introduction  
Language and Its Nature  
Language and Politics  
Language and Nation  
Conclusion  
Nationalism and Religion
Introduction  
Religion and Its Nature  
Religion and Politics  
Religion and Nation  
Conclusion  
Nationalism and History
Introduction  
The Writing of History  
Nationalist History  
History and the Nation  
Conclusion  
Nationalism and Public Culture
Introduction  
Material Culture and the Nation  
The Arts and the Nation  
Sport and the Nation  
Conclusion  
PART TWO: NATIONALIST MOBILIZATION
Nationalism and Social Structure
Introduction  
Class and Nation  
Socioeconomic Change and Nationalism  
Region and Nation  
Conclusion  
Types of Nationalist Mobilization
Introduction  
Common Features  
Intergrationist Nationalism  
Colonial Nationalism  
Separatist Nationalsm  
Conclusion  
Explaining Nationalism
Introduction  
The Birth of Nationalism  
The Growth of Natioalsm  
The Victory of Nationalism  
Conclusion  
Nationalism and State Structure
Introduction  
Suppressing Minorities  
Incorporating Minorities  
Conclusion  
CONCLUSION
Nation and State in Perspective
Introduction  
Reassembling the Argument  
Speculating About the Future  
Conclusion  

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


A new kind of perspective has been developed by the author while looking at nationalism in terms of haves and have-nots: politically dominant groups that control the state and counter-groups that wish to reshape the state according to their vision. This book is worth reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as researchers who are beginning the enterprise of understanding the discourse on nationalism.

M. D. Irfan, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Political Studies Review

With this volume, John Coakley truly establishes himself as a leading authority in the field of nationalism studies. The book presents one of the first comprehensive overviews of this burgeoning discipline. The text is richly embroidered with examples from all parts of the world which bring the connections between concepts to life
Eric Kauffmann
University of London


Students of Irish politics have long benefited from John Coakley's erudition. Now students of nationalism and ethnicity can avail of his meticulous scholarship. Coakley has that rare gift: the ability to relay difficult subjects clearly without sacrificing nuance. This book will undoubtedly become the standard bearer in the field
Dr Mary-Alice Connolly Clancy
University of Exeter


This is a remarkably serious and multifaceted synthesis of the literature on nationalism from a comparative historical perspective.
Michael Hechter
Arizona State University


Coakley provides a wide-ranging and knowledgeable account of the elements which go into the making of national identity. Coakley offers a penetrating analysis of what enables or prevents nationalism moving from programmes to political organisations to popular movements to state power and finally the use of that power for nationalist projects.
John Breuilly
London School of Economics


Very clear, precise and up-to-point definitions that cover almost every issue related to nationalism and ethnicity. Not exactly theory-based, but a great source for practical sides of these topics.

Dr Hakan Ongur
Department of Political Science, TOBB University of Economic & Tech
March 28, 2014

I would recommend this book for undergraduate and postgraduate courses on nationalism. It provides an excellent synthesis of the literature including some very useful illustrations, tables and diagrams.

Dr Robin Mann
School of Social Sciences, Bangor University
May 8, 2013

A great book concerning the wide field of nationalism which stands in one row with authors like Gellner and Anderson. Thanks for the great service!

Mr Wolfgang Gruber
Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna
March 19, 2013

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