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What is national identity? What are the main challenges posed to national
identity by the strengthening of regional identities and the growth of cultural
diversity? How is right-wing nationalism connected to the desire to preserve a
traditional image of national identity? Can we forge a new kind of national
identity that responds to the challenges of globalization and other deep-seated
In this important new book, Montserrat Guibernau answers these and other
compelling questions about the future of national identity. For Guibernau, the
nation-states traditional project to unify its otherwise diverse population by
generating a shared sense of national identity among them was always contested,
and was accomplished with various degrees of success in Europe and North
Such processes involved the cultural and linguistic homogenization of an
otherwise diverse citizenry and were pursued by different means according to
the specific contexts within which they were applied. At present, the impact of
strong structural socio-political and economic transformations has resulted in
greater challenges being posed to the idea that all citizens of a state should
share a homogeneous national identity.
Diversity is increasing, and plans for further European integration contain
the potential to generate significant tensions, casting greater doubt on the
classical concept of national identity.
As a result, we are faced with a set of new dilemmas concerning the way in
which national identity is constructed and defined. The book offers a
theoretical as well as a comparative approach, with case studies involving
Austria, Britain, Canada and Spain, as well as the European Union and the
United States of America.
The Identity of Nations will be essential reading for advanced students and
professional scholars in sociology, politics and international relations.