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The State of the Nation

The State of the Nation
Ernest Gellner and the Theory of Nationalism


John A. Hall, Roman Szporluk, Brendan O'Leary, Miroslav Hroch, Tom Nairn, David Laitin, Nicos Mouzelis, Mark Beissinger, Charles Taylor, Alfred Stepan, Chris Hann, Dale F. Eickelman, Rogers Brubaker
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  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521633666

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  • Nationalism is one of the major social and political issues of modern times, and a subject of intense intellectual debate. The most important and influential theory of nationalism is that of Ernest Gellner (1925–1995). This volume assesses every aspect of that theory, bringing together an exceptional set of scholars to explain, criticise and move beyond Gellner's work. In doing so the book establishes the state-of-play within the theory of nationalism, and complements Gellner's account by bringing political variables back into play. The book is unique in offering sustained attention to a single powerful theory, and will be of wide interest to students and scholars of political and social theory, history, sociology and anthropology.

    • Excellent set of essays on the most important theory of nationalism, that of Ernest Gellner, one of the greatest scholars of the postwar period
    • The contributors are all star names, from a range of countries, and across a range of subjects. Should appeal worldwide, and to social scientists in many disciplines
    • Nationalism is one of the hottest subjects in social science at the moment, and this book presents the state-of-the-field
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521633666
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.525kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction John A. Hall
    Part I. The Making of the Theory:
    1. Thoughts about change: Ernest Gellner and the history of nationalism Roman Szporluk
    2. Ernest Gellner's diagnoses of nationalism: a critical overview, or, what is living and what is dead in Ernest Gellner's philosophy of nationalism Brendan O'Leary
    Part II. The Classical Criticisms:
    3. Real and constructed: the nature of the nation Miroslav Hroch
    4. The curse of rurality: limits of modernisation theory Tom Nairn
    5. Nationalism and language: a post-Soviet perspective David Laitin
    6. Ernest Gellner's theory of nationalism: some definitional and methodological issues Nicos Mouzelis
    Part III. Bringing Politics Back In:
    7. Nationalisms that bark and nationalisms that bite: Ernest Gellner and the substantiation of nations Mark Beissinger
    8. Nationalism and modernity Charles Taylor
    9. Modern multi-national democracies: transcending a Gellnerian oxymoron Alfred Stepan
    Part IV. Wider Implications:
    10. Nationalism and civil society in Central Europe: from Ruritania to the Carpathian Euroregion Chris Hann
    11. From here to modernity: Ernest Gellner on nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism Dale F. Eickelman
    12. Myths and misconceptions in the study of nationalism Rogers Brubaker.

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    John A. Hall, McGill University, Montréal


    John A. Hall, Roman Szporluk, Brendan O'Leary, Miroslav Hroch, Tom Nairn, David Laitin, Nicos Mouzelis, Mark Beissinger, Charles Taylor, Alfred Stepan, Chris Hann, Dale F. Eickelman, Rogers Brubaker

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