Becoming National: A Reader

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorGeoff Eley, Ronald Grigor Suny

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Being national is the condition of our times, yet never before has the idea of the nation been under such scrutiny. With the collapse of the bi-polar world of the Cold War, there has also been a parallel rise in the subnational--the claims of local, regional, and ethnic minorities--economicglobalization, American cultural hegemony, international migration, and diasporization. In Becoming National Eley and Suny, two of the foremost authorities on nationalism, acknowledge these changes by combinging a diverse selection of readings with a unifying introduction and instructive headnotes,creating a text that moves the discussion of nationalism onto a new and contemporary level. Each group of readings is introduced by a brief historical essay, and the readings are fully annotated. Emphasizing the recent intellectual advances and influential ideas of Miroslav Hroch, Benedict Anderson,Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall, Lauren Berlant, and a host of others, this book underscores the nineteenth and twentieth century nationalist theories to show not only where scholars of nationalism have been but where they are going. Drawing on the strengths of recent cultural studies, including race andgender identities, the editors show that though politics is the ground upon which nationalism is constructed, culture is the terrain on which it is elaborated and fought over.

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Being national is the condition of our times, yet never before has the idea of the nation been under such scrutiny. With the collapse of the bi-polar world of the Cold War, there has also been a parallel rise in the subnational--the claims of local, regional and ethnic minorities--economic globalization, American cultural hegemony, int...

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Being national is the condition of our times, yet never before has the idea of the nation been under such scrutiny. With the collapse of the bi-polar world of the Cold War, there has also been a parallel rise in the subnational--the claims of local, regional, and ethnic minorities--economicglobalization, American cultural hegemony, int...

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Being national is the condition of our times, yet never before has the idea of the nation been under such scrutiny. With the collapse of the bi-polar world of the Cold War, there has also been a parallel rise in the subnational--the claims of local, regional and ethnic minorities--economic globalization, American cultural hegemony, int...

Geoff Eley is at University of Michigan. Ronald Grigor Suny is at University of Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 6.1 × 9.17 × 1.3 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Classical FoundationsErnest Renan: "What Is a Nation?Max Weber: "Ethnic Groups"2. What Do Nations Come From?Ernest Gellner: "Nationalism"Miroslav Hroch: "From National Movement to the Fully Formed Nation"Tom Nairn: "Scotland and Europe"Anthony D. Smith: "The Origins of Nations"Etienne Balibar: "The Nation Form"Prasenjit Duara: "Historicizing National Identity"Benedict Anderson: "Census, Map, Museum"Uffe Ostergard: "Peasants and Danes"Eric Hobsbawm: "Mass-Producing Traditions"Yuri Slezkine: "The USSR as a Communal Apartment"3. Colonialism, Race and IdentityPartha Chatterjee: "Nationalism as a Problem in the History of Political Ideas"Anne McClintock: "No Longer a Future Heaven"Ann Stoler: "Sexual Affronts and Racial Frontiers"Marianne Heiberg: "Basques, Anti-Basques and the Moral Community"Roselle Tekiner: "Race and the Issue of National Identity in Israel"Stuart Hall: "Ethnicity: Identity and Difference"Paul Gilroy: "One Nation Under a Groove"Julie Skurski: "The Ambiguities of Authenticity"4. Beyond the NationDavid Held: "The Decline of the Nation State"Renata Saleci: "National Identity"Khachig Tololyan: "The Nation-State and Its Others"Liisa Malkki: "National Geographic"David Morley and Kevin Robbins: "No Place Like Heimat"Jeffrey M. Peck: "Rac(e)ing the Nation"Lauren Berlant: "The Theory of Infantile Citizenship"Index

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Being national is the condition of our times, yet never before has the idea of the nation been under such scrutiny. With the collapse of the bi-polar world of the Cold War, there has also been a parallel rise in the subnational--the claims of local, regional and ethnic minorities--economic globalization, American cultural hegemony, international migration, and diasporization.

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"This is an outstanding collection of the best minds in the field. Both Western and non-Western cases are well represented. Perfect for a core text at the undergraduate or graduate level."--Elizabeth Clark, West Texas AandM University