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Revisiting Nationalism


Theories and Processes

Alain Dieckhoff

Christophe Jaffrelot

Part of the CERI/Sciences Po. series

November 2005

November 2005


Nationalism has become a major topic in social science research, and the contributors to Revisiting Nationalism seek to sharpen the theoretical focus of what is now a crowded field of intellectual enquiry. Their approach is fourfold. First, they question dominant theories. Second, they discuss the ‘identity checklist’ used to gauge whether language, folklore, history, and religion can be mobilised on behalf of nationalism. Third, they examine nationalism’s dark side, when it precipitates populism or political violence. And finally, they revisit debates concerning the nature of post-nationalism and cosmopolitanism. Unlike most readers on nationalism, this book is organised not by means of country-centred or regional case studies; instead it has a thematic and transversal structure that allows the contributors to discuss theoretical, normative, or analytical issues. It also profiles in one volume some of the key research by leading Francophone authors who have reinvigorated scholarly research into nationalism.


Alain Dieckhoff is senior research fellow at CNRS and director of CERI Sciences Po. His research focuses on politics, contemporary society and transformation of the state in Israel, as well as contemporary nationalism. He is a member of the advisory council of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies and author of, amongst others, the Routledge Handbook of Modern Israel (2013).

Christophe Jaffrelot is Research Director at CNRS, Sciences Po and Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King’s India Institute. Hurst has published nine of his books, most recently the co-edited Majoritarian State.

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