The concept of nationalism in discussions on a European society

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Kettunen , P T 2018 , ' The concept of nationalism in discussions on a European society ' , Journal of Political Ideologies , vol. 23 , no. 3 , pp. 342-369 .

Title: The concept of nationalism in discussions on a European society
Author: Kettunen, Pauli Tapio
Contributor organization: Political History
Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 28
Belongs to series: Journal of Political Ideologies
ISSN: 1356-9317
Abstract: In scholarship, nationalism has been found to be an integral ingredient of any sense of nationhood. In everyday public use, nationalism is used as a term of disapproval. The stubborn discursive border between the two uses of the concept of nationalism evokes questions about the historical preconditions of creating an ism concept based on the roots 'nation' or 'national'. In the period often called 'the age of nationalism', from the French Revolution to the First World War, nationhood was essentialized in ways that did not allow nations to be explained as constructions of any ism. 'Nationalism' gained popularity from the 1890s onwards as a critical concept directed at ideas and actions that broke against what was seen as the legitimate role of a nation. Defining the role of nations and nationhood took place in a series of political contests utilizing the concept of nationalism. Debates on Europe and 'European society' created one of the contexts of these contests. In current scholarly discussion on the idea of a European society, the critique of 'methodological nationalism' has been targeted at the nation-state-bound notion of society. However, in much of policy-oriented research and policy planning, the references to nationalism only contain views and actions found to be reactions against globalization and European integration. 'Nationalism' does not apply to efforts to improve 'our' national and European competitiveness nor 'our' joint EU policies of external bordering.
Subject: 5201 Political History
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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