Edited by Daniele Conversi.
Walker Connor, Anthony D Smith, Joshua A. Fishman, John Edwards, William Douglass, Thomas Spira, Robert J. Kaiser, William Safran, John Stone, John Coakley, Donald L. Horowitz, Daniele Conversi, and Brendan O'Leary.
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"Without Walker Connor's powerfully argued and thought-provoking articles, the study of nationalism would still be mired in the confusions of terminology and imprecision of concepts which characterised earlier generations of scholars in this field. But there is more to Walker Connor's achievement. He has consistently addressed the deep passion and wide resonance that the ideal of the nation evokes across the world; and this has led him to uncover the powerful psychological well-springs of both its homely beauties and its volcanic terror. It is a measure of that achievement that, even where we may dissent from some of his conclusions, we can continue to draw inspiration and wisdom from his clear-sighted and penetrating analyses of nations and nationalism. "
(Anthony D. Smith, LSE, Ch. 3)
Nationalism and national identity are too multifaceted and elusive phenomena
to be studied from the perspective of a single academic discipline.
Ethnonationalism in the Contemporary World is an unprecedented effort to surmount this barrier. Contributors represent a broad array of disciplines: anthropology, comparative politics, geography, history, linguistics, political science, sociology, social psychology, and international relations.
The authors are world-renowned authorities both within their respective disciplines and the field of national identity.Their ranks include the current editors-in-chief of five of the six leading journals within that field, as well as the founding editor of the sixth. All contributors have been authoring landmark pieces on national identity for several years, many for decades.
With the sole exception of a focal essay by Walker Connor, who coined
the term 'ethnonationalism' and to whom the book is dedicated, none of
the contributions have previously been published. They address the
core issues of identity, including race and identity, race and nation,
ethnicity and nation, language and nation, religion and nation, homelands
and homeland psychology, dating the creation of nations, the primordial
debate, managing ethnic conflict, and the relationship of nationalism to
Table of contents
1- Daniele Conversi, 'Conceptualizing nationalism'
2- Walker Connor, 'Nationalism and political illegitimacy'
Modernity and Emotions
3- Anthony D Smith, 'Dating the nation'
4- Donald L. Horowitz, 'The Primordialists'
5- Joshua A. Fishman, 'The Primordialist/ Constructivist
debate today '
6- William Douglass, 'Sabino's Sin: Racism and the Founding of Basque Nationalism'
7- John Stone, 'Ethnonationalism in black and white: Scholars and the South African revolution'
8- John Edwards, 'Sovereignty or separation? Contemporary
political discourse in Canada '
Applied Connorian perspectives
9- Brendan OíLeary, 'Federations and The Management of Nations: Walker Connor and Ernest Gellner'
10- William Safran, 'Ethnic conflict and third party mediation: A critical review'
11-- John Coakley, 'Religion and Nationalism in the First World'
12- Robert J. Kaiser, 'Homeland making and the territorialization of national identity'
13- Thomas Spira, 'Ethnicity and nationality: The twin-matrices of Nationalism'
14- Daniele Conversi, 'Resisting Primordialism (and other
15- Walker Connor: A Bibliography, 1967-2001
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'Daniele Conversi is to be warmly congratulated on producing
this edited volume; allowing the contributors too debate with each other,
as it were, around the theme of the primordial roots of the very modern
phenomena of nations an nationalism raises many questions, suggests
some highly relevant answers, and points the way to fruitful new research
on this vital dimensions of social and political life.' (Stephen
Barbour, University of East Anglia) [full review
'In the first book-length treatment of Walker Connor's ideas on nationalism, the editor Daniele Conversi persuasively argues that, to a lesser or greater extent, we are all Connorian in our approaches to the study of nationalism. When we dismiss dogma of economism in explaining nationalism, or insist that nationalism is inseparably linked to the rise of modernity, or when we recognize the non-rational side of nationalism - we do so on Connorian grounds. Hence, Connor is not only a great iconoclast of common approaches to nationalism, but also a very influential theorist of nationalism in his own right. This insight is shared by other authors in this deftly edited collection of essays on Walker Connor and the study of nationalism. They all agree that Walker Connor's ideas remain highly relevant, and that we may disagree with Connor, but only at the peril of misinterpreting the phenomenon of nationalism.'(Dejan Guzina, Center for the Study of Democracy, Political Studies Review) [full review here]
'This is truly an excellent book, and certainly a welcomed addition
to ongoing debates about the continuing power of nationalism. It would
be most appropriate in a graduate seminar and to specialists in nationalism
research.' (Jeffrey J. Cormier, Kingís College, University of Western
Journal of Sociology Online)
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* For persistent misspellers:
Walker Connor is not Walker Conner, nor is he Walter Connor (a well-known specialist in Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics).
And, of course, he is certainly not Walter Conner....