Scaling Identities: Nationalism and Territoriality (Hardback)
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Scaling Identities: Nationalism and Territoriality (Hardback)

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Hardback 302 Pages / Published: 11/10/2017
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This comprehensive book examines the crucial connections between national identity, territory, and scale. Providing a powerful theoretical and organizational framework, the volume identifies four ways in which scale operates dynamically in the formation and maintenance of national identity. Consolidating identities considers the strategies necessary to keep all parts within the fold through educational systems, minority policies, immigration controls, and other forms of traditional state power. Magnifying identities examines the consequences of shifting the scale up and unifying territories that have a sense of a larger, supranational identity. Connecting identities assesses how nations can bridge physical distance, water barriers, or sovereign boundaries. Fragmenting identities looks into the disintegration of national identities and those forces that have the potential to unravel a nation or block its effective formation. Nationalism and national identity remain critical flashpoints in the geopolitical order, as we have seen in the development of a quasi-independent Kurdistan in Northern Iraq, the resurgence of Native American identities in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Chinese crackdown on its minority regions. Offering a rich set of case studies from around the world, this essential book affirms the global importance of national identity and scale.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442264755
Number of pages: 302
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 24 mm


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Scaling Identities, edited by two well-known experts, is a valuable contribution to the existing literature. The volume has two major strengths: First, it is theoretically sophisticated and takes seriously the neglected issues of scale and scalar-identity processes; second, it provides the reader with a set of intriguing case studies that go far beyond the typical Eurocentric national-identity narratives. Highly recommended to all those interested in nationalism and identity studies. -- Anssi Paasi, University of Oulu, Finland
Nation and state are, on the face of it, incommensurable ideas. How do they combine, culturally and politically, in the nation-state? In this innovative text, Herb and Kaplan have brought together a range of empirical and theoretical studies which, by focusing on concepts such as space, scale, and territory, cast new light on this question. -- John Breuilly, Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics
This clear and comprehensive textbook fills an important gap and will be very useful as a teaching tool for students of political, historical, and human geography. -- Daniele Conversi, Unviersity of the Basque Country and Ikerbasque Foundation for Science

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