Ethnicity, Identity, and the Development of Nationalism in by David Yaghoubian

By David Yaghoubian

Ethnicity, id, and the advance of Nationalism in Iran investigates the ways that Armenian minorities in Iran encountered Iranian nationalism and took part in its improvement over the process the 20th century. dependent totally on oral interviews, archival files, own memoirs, memorabilia, and images, the publication examines the lives of a staff of Armenian-Iranians-a truck driving force, a military officer, a parliamentary consultant, a civil servant, and a scout leader-and explores the own conflicts and paradoxes attendant upon their layered allegiances and compound identities. In documenting person stories in Iranian undefined, army, executive, schooling, and neighborhood association, the 5 social biographies element some of the roles of elites and non-elites within the improvement of Iranian nationalism and demonstrate the a number of forces that form the procedures of identification formation. Yaghoubian combines those graphics with theories of nationalism and nationwide identification to reply to ordinary pivotal questions about how nationalism evolves, why it really is attractive, what vast forces and day-by-day actions form and maintain it, and the function of ethnicity in its improvement.

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Courtesy of the author. But how can we ascertain specifically what this event has to do with nationalism? How would we research the meaning and uses of this event for its variety of elite and nonelite participants? How can we determine what functions it serves the Iranian nation-state and its impact on the citizens who are participating in it? Students of nationalism in Iran and of nationalism as a global phenomenon continue to be faced with the same problems and questions that have been challenging the field of nationalism studies for decades.

In Kedourie’s narrative, traditional African and Asian peoples became dislocated, disillusioned, and alienated, and their societies were “pulverized” by the combined effects of political domination, the world economy, and colonial education. With traditional political and religious ideals as well as indigenous institutions and leaders discredited, and after rejection from the Western culture they had studied, emulated, and learned to admire, alienated intellectuals and political activists turned to violence—melding messianic myth, indigenous cultural references, and the European doctrine of nationalism to create a political religion to articulate and fulfill their quest for distinct identity and political independence.

Where is agency to be located in the development of nations and nationalism? How and why do nations and nationalism inspire violence and self-sacrifice? 2 One issue is clear irrespective of scholarly approach: despite enthusiastic predictions of the demise of sovereign states and nationalism in the face of globalization, changing political, economic, and strategic realignments of the 1990s, and new communications technologies such as the Internet and social networking, nations and nationalism are not vanishing and remain deeply influential if not dominant in the contemporary organization of human life and politics.

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