During the Cold War, nationalism fell from favour among theorists as an explanatory factor in history, as Marxists and liberals looked to class and individualism as the driving forces of change. The resurgence of nationalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, called for a reconsideration of the paradigm. Against Orthodoxy uses case studies from around the world to critically evaluate decades of new scholarship. The authors argue that theories of nationalism have ossified into a new set of orthodoxies. These overlook nationalism's role as a generative force, one that reflects complex historical, political, and cultural arrangements that defy simplistic explanations.
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? / Remi Leger 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 / Julian 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 Index
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