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The Salience of National Identity

Michael Hechter

in Containing Nationalism

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247516
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599460 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924751X.003.0006
 The Salience of National Identity

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One important source of national identity lies in hierarchical and segmental cultural divisions of labour. These provide a social base for nationalism among territorially concentrated groups. Some sources of cultural divisions of labour are enumerated. Whereas it was once thought that such divisions would attenuate in the face of industrialization and efficient labour markets, this often does not happen.

Keywords: Aruba; caste system; cultural divisions of labour; industrialization; labour market; national identity; Quebec; social identity; United States

Chapter.  6341 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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