Modern Roots: Studies of National Identity

1st Edition

Alain Dieckhoff, Natividad Gutiérrez

Published March 21, 2001
Reference - 318 Pages
ISBN 9780754611523 - CAT# Y283441
Series: In association with ICCR Contemporary Trends in European Social Sciences

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Interest in the study of national identity as a collective phenomenon is a growing concern among the social and political sciences. This book addresses the scholarly interest in examining the origins of ideologies and social practices that give historical meaning, cohesion and uniqueness to modern national communities. It focuses on the various routes taken towards the construction of cultural authenticity as an inspirational purpose of nation-building and reveals the diversity of the themes, practices and symbols used to encourage self-identification and communality. Among the techniques explored are the dramatization of suffering and tragedy, the exaltation of heroes and deeds, the evocation of landscape, nature and the arts and the delimitation of collective values to be pursued during reconstruction in post-war periods.

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