Ethno-symbolism and Nationalism: A Cultural Approach by Anthony D. Smith

By Anthony D. Smith

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Publication Date: March 14, 2009 | ISBN-10: 0415497981 | ISBN-13: 978-0415497985 | variation: 1

Anthony D. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity on the London tuition of Economics, and is taken into account one of many founders of the interdisciplinary box of nationalism experiences. Anthony Smith has built an method of the learn of countries and nationalism known as ethno-symbolism, that is enthusiastic about the character of ethnic teams and countries, and the necessity to give some thought to their symbolic dimensions.

This textual content offers a concise assertion of an ethno-symbolic method of the learn of countries and nationalism and while, embodies a basic assertion of Anthony Smith’s contribution to this strategy and its program to the critical problems with international locations and nationalism. The text:

units out the theoretical history of the emergence of ethno-symbolism in a sustained and systematic argument
explains its research of the formation of countries, their endurance and alter and the position of nationalism
demonstrates that an ethno-symbolic technique offers a big complement and corrective to prior and current highbrow orthodoxies within the box and addresses the most theoretical criticisms levelled at an ethno-symbolic approach.

Drawing jointly and constructing past short resumes of Anthony Smith’s strategy, this booklet represents a precis of the theoretical elements of his paintings within the box for the reason that l986. will probably be precious to scholars and to all those people who are drawn to the problems raised via a research of ethnicity, international locations and nationalism.


Editorial Reviews

'For greater than 4 many years Anthony Smith has been intensely and productively investigating the character, wellsprings, and ramifications of nationalism. this glorious and concise distillation of his relevant findings and conclusions will turn out of large price to somebody attracted to this so much consequential phenomenon.'

Walker Connor, Middlebury collage, USA

'Written with the readability, sensitivity, and analytical nuance that experience develop into hallmarks of Anthony Smith's scholarship, this e-book offers a masterful distillation of the ethno-symbolist interpretation of nationalism--a university of notion that counts the writer as its such a lot influential founding father. In crisp and succinct prose, it offers a good and balanced review of the theoretical thrust-and-parry within the box of nationalism stories, whereas articulating a compelling safeguard of the ethno-symbolist strategy opposed to the assaults of its critics.'

Aviel Roshwald, Professor of historical past, Georgetown college, USA

'Anthony Smith has supplied us with a conceptually strong, sincerely written assertion of his life’s paintings dedicated to the research of nationalism. by means of doing so, we've a compelling rationalization of the kingdom as a old neighborhood of tradition. therefore, to view this ebook as only a concise assertion of the ethno-symbolic method of the research of countries and nationalism is to fail to understand its importance; quite, it's a such a lot convincing research of those crucially vital phenomena—a ebook that needs to be learn through all those that desire to comprehend those robust components that experience formed and are shaping our destiny.'

Steven Grosby, Professor of faith, Clemson collage, USA
About the Author

Anthony D. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity on the L.S.E., President of the organization for the examine of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) and leader Editor of the magazine international locations and Nationalism. he's the writer of sixteen books and over a hundred articles and chapters on international locations, nationalism and ethnicity, and his books were translated into 21 languages.
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Paperback: 192 pages
writer: Routledge; 1 version (March 14, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415497981
ISBN-13: 978-0415497985
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches



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The question of the origins and development of given nations is strictly a matter for empirical investigation, on the basis of agreed definitions. It is a matter neither of a priori reasoning, nor of intuition. It may well be the case that certain institutionalised practices and processes long antedate the onset of modernity, as can be documented in a few West European nations and possibly for some others. But, for the most part, it is not so much national continuity tout court as ethnic ties that underpin the culture of the ethnic core population of the subsequent nation.

The popularity of such images depended, in part, on the way in which they echoed and embodied the values, traditions, symbols, myths, memories and customs of those they depicted, thereby observing and delineating the nation’s specificity and its symbolic and territorial boundaries. 16 Conflict and reinterpretation The fact that many different kinds of artist and writer are involved in the processes of embodying the nation also tells us that there can never be a single ‘version’ of the nation and its past, just as there can never be a homogeneous national community nor a single ‘national destiny’.

Rather, its focus on symbolic and social elements seeks to supplement and, where necessary, amend the predominantly political and economic models offered by modernists. In other words, it aims to continue where conventional accounts leave off, and supply those cultural and symbolic dimensions that they tend to overlook. One is often left with the sense that many modernist accounts never reach their target because they fail to enter into the ‘inner world’ of the members of national communities. This is exactly what a cultural history of the nation, such as that proffered by ethno-symbolism, aims to make good.

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