Myths and Misconceptions in the Study of Nationalism

Rogers Brubaker

in National Self-Determination and Secession

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293842
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599941 | DOI:
 Myths and Misconceptions in the Study of Nationalism

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This chapter examines six pernicious myths and misconceptions about nationalism, which are prevalent in the new literature. The chapter focuses most attention on ‘groupism’, the tendency to talk and write about ethnic groups and nations as if they are real, homogenous, externally bounded entities, and ‘the architectonic illusion’, the view that the right grand architecture—the right territorial and institutional framework—would conclusively satisfy nationalist demands.

Keywords: boundaries; ethnicity; national conflicts; nationalism; nationhood; nations

Chapter.  14874 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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