Featured weekly article: Understanding the (Re)Definition of Nationhood in French Cities: A Case of Multiple States and Multiple Republics

Understanding the (Re)Definition of Nationhood in French Cities: A Case of Multiple States and Multiple Republics By Joseph Downing Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 336-351   Abstract Both theoretical and empirical accounts of the nation have neglected the city as an arena for the (re)definition of national belonging. This article analyses contemporary France to advance theoretical … [Read more…]

‘The Missing Ink’: Re-evaluating Socialisation and Nationalism in the Work of Ernest Gellner

‘The Missing Ink’: Re-evaluating Socialisation and Nationalism in the Work of Ernest Gellner Judith O’Connell (Faculty of Arts, School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, 2015) Advisers: Sinisa Malesevic and Kevin Ryan   Having returned to academia after working in the private sector, Judith O’Connell completed both her Ph.D. and … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Maintaining a Chinese Nationalism: Patriotic Education, Second-hand Rose and the Politics of ‘National Conditions’

Maintaining a Chinese Nationalism: Patriotic Education, Second-hand Rose and the Politics of ‘National Conditions’ By Jonathan Doughty   Abstract This article considers the development of China’s system of ‘patriotic education’ (aiguozhuyi jiaoyu). It examines Chinese Communist Party (CCP) documents on patriotic education’s establishment, along with high-school (gaozhong) texts used as ‘national conditions’ (guoqing) curricula, in order … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: An Anatomy of Nationhood and the Question of Assimilation: Debates on Turkishness Revisited

An Anatomy of Nationhood and the Question of Assimilation: Debates on Turkishness Revisited By Serhun Al Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 83-101   Abstract Scholars have primarily debated the anatomy of Turkishness within the framework of an ethnic versus civic dichotomy. Arguing that such an approach would be inconclusive and less explanatory, this article approaches Turkishness … [Read more…]

SEN Special Issue – Call for Papers

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Special Issue on “Empires and Nationalism” Guest Editors: Ho-Fung Hung; Sefika Kumral In the 18th and 19th centuries, Empires became the center stage for resistance by nationalist movements; and were eventually superseded by nation-states in the 20th century. With the turn of the 20th century, it was predicted that nation-states, and nationalism for that matter, … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Reinterpreting the Past or Asserting the Future? National History and Nations in Peril – The Case of the Tibetan Nation

Reinterpreting the Past or Asserting the Future? National History and Nations in Peril – The Case of the Tibetan Nation By Anne-Sophie Bentz Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 56-70   Abstract In this paper, I will explore the idea that the importance of the past tends to become overwhelming when the nation is in peril. The … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: The Importance of Culture in Civic Nations: Culture and the Republic in France

The Importance of Culture in Civic Nations: Culture and the Republic in France By Vincent Martigny Volume 8, Issue 3, pages 543-559   Abstract This article discusses Hans Kohn’s argument that civic nations pay little attention to cultural claims in their definition and practice of citizenship, by looking at the political system in France and its … [Read more…]

Exhibiting ‘Turkishness’ at a Time of Flux in Turkey: An Ethnography of the State

Exhibiting ‘Turkishness’ at a Time of Flux in Turkey: An Ethnography of the State Canan Nese Karahasan (Department of Sociology, University of Edinburgh, UK, 2015) Supervisors: Michael Rosie, James Kennedy   Canan Nese Karahasan recently received her Ph.D. degree in sociology from the University of Edinburgh. Her Ph.D. research is an ethnographic study of the … [Read more…]