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Nations and Nationalism

Gellner, Ernest

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ISBN 10: 0801492637 / ISBN 13: 9780801492631
Published by Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A., 1983
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Spine lean, corner bumps, underlining and marginalia to most of the book, reading crease to the front cover along spine, handling creases and scratches to the rear cover, and other light to moderate shopwear. Bookseller Inventory # 021031

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Title: Nations and Nationalism

Publisher: Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: As issued No Jacket

Edition: Edition Unstated

Book Type: Book

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This thoughtful and penetrating book, addressed to political scientists, sociologists, historians, and anthropologists, interprets nationalism in terms of its social roots, which it locates in industrial social organization. Professor Gellner asserts here that a society's affluence and economic growth depend on innovation, occupational mobility, the effectiveness of the mass media, universal literacy, and an all-embracing educational system based on a shared, standard idiom. These factors, taken together, govern the relationship between culture and the state. Political units that do not conform to the principle, "one state, one culture" feel the strain in the form of nationalistic activity.

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Nationalism is one of the most powerful forces in the modern world, yet it is surprisingly little studied and only imperfectly understood, either by its adherents or its opponents. Its irruption into the modern world is often explained as a resurgence of primitive, atavistic instincts, or as a delusion fostered by a few theoreticians, politicians or propagandists.

The present volume interprets nationalism in terms of its social roots, which it locates in industrial social organization. A society that aims for affluence and economic growth, Professor Gellner argues, depends on innovation, occupational mobility, mass media, universal literacy, and education in a shared, standard idiom. Taken together these transform the relationship between culture and the state. The functioning of the society depends on an all-embracing educational system, tied to one culture and protected by a state identified with that culture. The principle one state, one culture makes itself felt, and political units which do not conform to it feel the strain in the form of nationalist activity.

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