Mapping the field: theories of nationalism and the ethnosymbolic approach

Conversi, Daniele (2006) Mapping the field: theories of nationalism and the ethnosymbolic approach. In: Nationalism and ethnosymbolism: history, culture and ethnicity in the formation of nations. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp. 15-30. ISBN 074862113X, 9780748621132

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Abstract

To be fully understood, the ethnosymbolic approach, developed by Anthony D. Smith, must be placed in the context of a larger body of literature on nations and nationalism. Two streams of thought are particularly important here: instrumentalism as opposed to primordialism, and modernism as opposed to perennialism. This chapter will explore those theories with which Smith has most oft engaged, placing his own approach within a larger cross-disciplinary context. The scope of this volume compels me to be highly selective: I will only deal with those theories with which Smith has most persistently interacted. Th e reader will not find here much about other theories like rational choice, which still dominates US academia. The chapter will conclude with an exploration of the limits of ethnosymbolism as a tool for interpreting current events and conflicts.

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Additional Information:To be fully understood, the ethnosymbolic approach, developed by Anthony D. Smith, must be placed in the context of a larger body of literature on nations and nationalism. Two streams of thought are particularly important here: instrumentalism as opposed to primordialism, and modernism as opposed to perennialism. This chapter will explore those theories with which Smith has most oft engaged, placing his own approach within a larger cross-disciplinary context. The scope of this volume compels me to be highly selective: I will only deal with those theories with which Smith has most persistently interacted. Th e reader will not find here much about other theories like rational choice, which still dominates US academia. The chapter will conclude with an exploration of the limits of ethnosymbolism as a tool for interpreting current events and conflicts.
Keywords:Nationalism, Conflict resolution, Peace processes, Ethnic conflict, Theories of nationalism, Nationality, Ethnic identity, Ethnicity, Nationhood, Genocide
Subjects:L Social studies > L214 Nationalism
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:403
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:06 Dec 2006
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:22

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