Subject Area: Nationalism

Constructing Heimat in Postwar Germany Longing and Belonging
1999 0-7734-8013-7
This study analyzes the attempts by artists in the Federal Republic of Germany and adjacent regions to reappropriate the notion of "Heimat" from the monopoly of culturally conservative forces. The study examines two areas of cultural activity long associated with "Heimat" ideals, dialect poetry and song.

Development of the Croatian Nation
2006 0-7734-5791-7
This study examines the processes of social change that characterize the (re)formation of the nation. It argues that such processes can only be identified through the examination of the interplay between social structure, culture and agency in a specific period of time. Through the exploration of the basic assumptions of Social Realist Theory, a methodological framework is constructed for the analysis of the morphogenesis of the nation. These assumptions of the developed framework are tested on the case of Croatia. A historical analysis explores the processes of structural change and the formation and competition of corporate agents from the beginning of the nineteenth until the end of the twentieth century. These processes of cultural and structural change and the role of agency are investigated through a content analysis of the writings of the dominant Croatian nationalist ideologists, a content analysis of secondary school history textbooks and a survey on a sample of the population of Zagreb. The study concludes that the nation emerges with the emergence of social processes - the formation of political community, the politicization (nationalization) of culture, the mobilization of a population around specific nationalist ideologies, and the population’s acceptance of certain aspects of these ideologies.

Negotiating Nationhood in a Changing Europe - Views From the Press
2002 0-7734-7129-4
This study argues that national identities in Europe go through a process of transformation. The process of European integration, on one hand, and increasing migration flows and the affirmation of cultural identities on the other, have led to a re-definition not only of the content of national identities but also of their nature. Interaction between national, sub-national and transnational forms of collective identification are governance has given way to a more flexible view of nationhood, which affirms uniqueness and difference but also accepts commonality with Others. The empirical material presented in this book provides an overview of collective identities in contemporary Europe and highlights their evolution during the past twenty years. The study concentrates on the national press, because the media are seen as an important carrier of identity discourses. The study of representations of ‘Us, the nation,’ relevant outgroups, and the interaction between them starts with the end of the Cold War era, goes through the collapse of the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, and reaches the present and the realization of a European Union. Images of the nation in four EU member-states – Britain, Germany, Greece and Italy – are analyzed. Furthermore, their intertwining with or contrast to representations of the European Union, images of other Western and Central-Eastern European nations, as well as ethnic minorities and immigrant communities are highlighted. At the theoretical level, the book explores how transnational and sub-national challenges to the power and legitimacy of the nation are dealt with in the national press discourse. The extent to which national identity is compatible, or indeed, overlaps with notions of a European identity and culture are also discussed. In answering these questions, new conceptual tools for the study of national identity in contemporary European societies are explored.

Political Economy of an Authoritarian Modern State and Religious Nationalism in Egypt
2001 0-7734-7462-5
This study illuminates the social, political, and economic context in which the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism of Egypt is situated.

Role of Sports in the Formation of Personal Identities: Studies in Community Loyalties
2012 0-7734-2666-3
This is a collection of essays examining the role of sports in shaping personal and national identity. Studies ranging from skateboarding as resistance to conformity, cricket and the imagined community of Yorkshire, gender identity and rock climbing, and violence in soccer, among others are offered in this text. A theme the authors discuss at length is how communities are formed on the basis of sports, and how different identities emerge out of these shared experiences, and whether there is a socio-political aspect to this process. The contributing scholars undertook their studies in such fields as sociology, cultural and media studies, history, and also in sports studies.