We live in a rapidly changing world. The collapse of the Cold War, the development of new technologies and the globalisation of the world economy have all had a dramatic impact on societies across the globe. Migration, new types of wars and changing borders mean that even the stability and security of nation-states has become a thing of the past. New nationalisms, new social movements and the resurgence of identity politics all indicate that we are entering a new era where the very notion of collective identity -- through nation states or through transnational identity culture -- is challenged. This volume examines concepts of collective identity, how they are changing and what this means for our future. With contributions from distinguished sociologists including Jenkins, Eisenstadt, Rex, Bauman and Hall, it gives a radical new overview of collectivity theory -- a topic that lies at the heart of sociology, anthropology and political science.
Sinisa Malesevic is lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, NUI, Galway. He is author of Ideology, Legitimacy and the New State (Frank Cass, 2002), editor of Culture in Central and Eastern Europe: Institutional and Value Changes (IMO, 1997) and co-editor of Ideology after Poststructuralism (Pluto 2002). Mark Haugaard is lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at NUI, Galway and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute Florence (2001-2). He is author of The Constitution of Power (Manchester UP, 1997); Structures, Restructuration and Social Power (Aldershot, 1992), co-editor of Power in Contemporary Politics (Sage 2000) and has written numerous articles on nationalism.
Mark Haugaard and Sinisa Malesevic - Introduction: The Idea of Collectivity 1. Richard Jenkins - Different Societies? Different Cultures? Problems in the Conceptualization of Collectivity 2. S.N. Eisenstadt - The Construction of Collective Identities and the Continual Reconstruction of Primordiality 3. John Rex - The Fundamentals of the Theory of Ethnicity 4. Mark Haugaard - Nationalism and Modernity 5. Gordana Uzelac - The Morphogenesis of Nation 6. Zygmunt Bauman - Cultural Variety or Variety of Cultures? 7. John Hall - A Disagreement about Difference 8. Sinisa Malesevic - Identity: Conceptual, Operational and Historical Critique Notes on Contributors Index