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Nationalization, modernization and symbolic media: towards a comparative historical sociology of the nation-state

Nationalisierung, Modernisierung und Symbolische Medien: eine historische-vergleichende Soziologie des Nationalstaates
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Tanaka, Shigeru

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Abstract "In the formation process of the nation-state, there took place processes analogous to globalization. People and things moved on a nationwide scale and local regions and people became homogenized and also differentiated. Such process can be called 'nationalization'. By taking its meaning as a more comprehensive one than ever, we can understand the formation process of the nation-state more accurately. Also we have to differentiate 'nationalization' from 'modernization'. We regard that modernization is the process of disembedding people from various 'existences' in which they have been embedded. In the course of disembedding, people began to regard 'existences' as means and obstacles for 'actions'. That is to say, 'predominance of actions over existences' has occurred. The reason why such 'predominance of actions' has taken place can be made clear by introducing 'symbolic media' which reduce 'existences' to something on each standard. In history symbolic media have been conflicting and allying with each other. 'Predominance of actions', that is to say, modernization advanced through such conflicts and alliance." (author's abstract)
Keywords nation state; modernization; historical social research; symbol; media; state formation; instrumentalization; transfer from private to state ownership; social actor; interaction; globalization; nationalism
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research; Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Political Science
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 252-267
Journal Historical Social Research, 38 (2013) 2
Issue topic Aspects of process theories and process-oriented methodologies
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works