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The Social Origins of Nationalist Movements

The Social Origins of Nationalist Movements
The Contemporary West European Experience

Volume: 31

April 1992 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Throughout Western Europe, internal nationalist conflicts are threatening the stability of dozens of communities, states, and in some cases, entire nations. In The Social Origins of Nationalist Movements, Coakley and a distinguished group of scholars examine the correlation between these nationalist trends and the social factors that fuel them. In particular, contributors explore the conflicting pressures of class and ethnicity as determinants of the process of political mobilization. Next, they present case studies relating to particular regions--or minorities--within the context of the larger state. Sardinia, the Jura, Brittany, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are examined; by way of contrast, the editor highlights the Nordic region, an area where the prerequisites for nationalist agitation are present, but where vigorous nationalist movements have been strikingly absent. At a time when nationalist fervor is again making headlines, Coakley's collection provides fresh insights into the undercurrents influencing European politics. Professionals and students of political science, history, political sociology, sociology, ethnic studies, and European studies will find this to be fascinating reading. "This book has proved an interesting read." --European Labour Forum "Places European nationalism within a useful framework of analysis. . . . The book does provide a functional framework within which to analyse European nationalism, and offers insights into both its nature and the responses to it." --London Tribune "At a time when nationalist pressures in Europe are at a high point, the book is considerably topical. . . . The book is aimed specifically at academics in the fields of political science, sociology, history, ethnic and European studies." --European Access

John Coakley
The Social Origins of Nationalist Movements and Explanations of Nationalism
A Review

Liesbet Hooghe
Nationalist Movements and Social Factors
A Theoretical Perspective

John Schwarzmantel
Nation versus Class
Nationalism and Socialism in Theory and Practice

Michael Keating
Do the Workers Really Have No Country? Nationalism and Socialism in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain
Jorgen Elklit and Ole Tonsgaard
The Absence of Nationalist Movements
The Case of the Nordic Area

Bernard Voutat
Interpreting National Conflict in Switzerland
The Jura Question

Daniele Petrosino
National and Regional Movements in Italy
The Case of Sardinia

Herv[ac]e Guillorel
The Social Bases of Regionalism in France
The Breton Case

James G Kellas
The Social Origins of Nationalism in Great Britain
The Case of Scotland

Joseph Ruane and Jennifer Todd
The Social Origins of Nationalism in a Contested Region
The Case of Northern Ireland

John Coakley
Nationalist Movements and Society in Contemporary Western Europe


`Coakley has assembled in this book a good sample of papers dealing with very different cases, through which it is also possible to have a look in as different nations as Sardinia and Scotland. These different case studies are approached in different ways... The most interesting aspect of this book lays in the combination of theory with empirical research of case-studies, which allows the editor to obtain suggesting conclusions... the eclecticism in combining cases and especially different perspectives of the study of nationalist movements may be considered a great virtue of this book, which by doing so overcomes the traditional and unfortunate isolation between historical and sociological perspectives. In short, Coakley's volume seems to be a good combination of sociological explanations amd theories of nationalism with the analysis of the social basis and politics of the national movements through their evolution over time and until nowadays. Here it is possible to place thespecific and promising contribution (of the book) to the study of nationalism as a global phenomenon' - Europa Ethnica

`the book does provide a functional framework within which to analyse European nationalism, and offers insights into both its nature and the responses to it.' - Tribune

`would be good reading for undergraduate classes in international ethnic relations of comparative nationalism. A theoretically provocative treatment of nationalist `non-movements' in Scandinavia stands out. Here the authors try to explain the absence of significant ethnic mobilizations despite the presence of several small minority nationalities in each country. They present a useful taconomy of minorities in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland' - Journal of Baltic Studies