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Nationalism, War and Social Cohesion


Malesevic, Sinisa


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Abstract Most studies of nationalism and war focus on the direct causal relationship between the two. Whereas the naturalist theories see strong national attachments as a primary cause of war, the formativist approaches understand nationalism as an inevitable product of warfare. This paper challenges both of these leading interpretations by problematizing the nature of group solidarity in the large scale violent conflicts. The author develops an alternative argument that emphasises the centrality of two institutional processes: centrifugal ideologization and the cumulative bureaucratization of coercion. The principal argument is that war does not create nationalism neither does nationalism generate wars. Instead the development of nationalism owes much to the macro historical institutional processes that have little to do with the actual battlefields.
Klassifikation Allgemeine Soziologie, Makrosoziologie, spezielle Theorien und Schulen, Entwicklung und Geschichte der Soziologie; politische Willensbildung, politische Soziologie, politische Kultur
Freie Schlagwörter Nationalism; war; ideology; solidarity; violence; bureaucracy
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2010
Seitenangabe S. 142-161
Zeitschriftentitel Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34 (2010) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2010.489647
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)