Against Orthodoxy
376 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jul 2012
Release Date:31 Aug 2011
Release Date:31 Aug 2011

Against Orthodoxy

Studies in Nationalism

UBC Press

During the Cold War, nationalism fell from favour among theorists as an explanatory factory in history, as Marxists and liberals looked to class and individualism as the drivers of change. The resurgence of nationalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, called for a reconsideration of nationalism and its role in history.

Against Orthodoxy uses case studies from around the world to critically evaluate more than a quarter-century of scholarship. The essays in this volume reveal that although theories of nationalism have benefitted from fresh insights, they have also ossified into a new set of orthodoxies: some scholars characterize nationalism as an outgrowth of modernity, others view it as a European export, and still others see it as the brainchild of intellectuals. From North America to the Balkans and from Japan to Ethiopia, these theoretically informed and empirically grounded studies challenge some of these orthodoxies and offer new ways of thinking about nationalism as they explore four key themes: theory and history, minorities and multiculturalism in the nation-state, politics and the state, and the projection of nationalism onto the international stage.

Collectively, the authors demonstrate that nationalism is not a singular phenomenon but rather a generative force reflecting complex historical, political, and cultural arrangements that defy simplistic explanations.

Against Orthodoxy will interest students and scholars in political science, sociology, anthropology, history, and globalization studies.


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Those looking for a "new synthesis" on nationalism will not find it in Against Orthodoxy, yet its nuanced analyses are sure to generate debate and discussion. This is a topic of signal importance in the world today, and this impressive collection is rich in both theoretical orientations and empirical cases. William Carroll, author of, The Making of a Transnational Capitalist Class: Corporate Power in the 21st Century
Trevor W. Harrison is a professor of sociology at the University of Lethbridge, associate director of the same university’s Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economics, and co-founder and director of the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta. Slobodan Drakulic was an associate professor of sociology at Ryerson University.

Introduction / Slobodan Drakulic and Trevor W. Harrison

Part 1: Theory and History

1 Academic Nationalism / Slobodan Drakulic

2 Do Nationalists Have Navels? Where Is Childhood in Nationalism Theory? / Karen Stanbridge

3 Tolerant Majorities, Loyal Minorities, and “Ethnic Reversals”: Constructing Minority Rights at Versailles, 1919 / Liliana Riga and James Kennedy

Part 2: Minorities and Civil Society

4 Neither Perennial nor Modern: Christian-Muslim Enmities in the Balkans / Slobodan Drakulic

5 Understanding Multiculturalism in Divided Societies: Exploring a New Path / Elke Winter

6 Canada’s French Fact -- or Facts? / Rémi Léger

7 Civic and Ethnic Nationalist Narratives in Ethiopia / Sarah Vaughan

Part 3: Politics and the State

8 Militarism and Nationalism in Japan / Trevor W. Harrison

9 Who Are the Nationalists? A Profile of Scottish National Party Supporters / Michael Rosie and Ross Bond

10 After the PRI: Neo-Liberalism and Nationalism in Mexico / Julián Castro-Rea

Part 4: The International Dimension

11 Messianic Nationalism: The American Imperative / Michael Parenti

12 Islamic Nationalism, Imperialism, and the Middle East / Trevor W. Harrison

13 Progressive Inter-Nationalist Nationalisms: The Return of Transformative, Anti-Imperialist Traditions / Gordon Laxer

14 Implacable Foes or Strange Bedfellows? The Promise and Pitfalls of Eco-Nationalism in a Globalized World / John Hannigan

Conclusion / Trevor W. Harrison and Slobodan Drakulic

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