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Nationalism Reframed: Nationhood and the National Question in the New Europe Paperback – September 28, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0521576499 ISBN-10: 0521576490

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521576490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521576499
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In a series of vigorous and rigorous studies of the shifting triadic relations between 'nationalizing states,' 'national minorities,' and their 'external national homelands' in postimperial Europe and Eurasia, Rogers Brubaker reconfigures and reframes our understanding of the national question - its eclipse, revival, and manifold metamorphoses. Wedding surgical empirical precision with uncanny analytical perspicacity, geographical scope with historical depth, this book is a theoretical breakthrough and clears a new terrain for a reflexive sociology of the ongoing fabrication of everything we subsume under the falsely self-evident name of 'nation.'" Pierre Bourdieu, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale

"Brubaker's framing of a `pas de trois' of the nationalizing state, the national minority population, and the national homeland illuminates brilliantly the political dynamics of nationalism. His concepts and descriptions are historically rich and sociologically compelling. It will no longer be possible for me to write about nationalism without reference to this masterful set of essays." David D. Laitin, University of Chicago

"This book makes it clear that Rogers Brubaker is the most brilliant of the younger generation of scholars of nationalism. If the great theoretical ingenuity is seen in the creation of a conceptual apparatus designed to handle states, what is most impressive is the way in which this leads to high-powered substantive discoveries. Policy makers quite as much as academics can benefit from analyses of Central Europe in the interwar period and after 1989, of differences between Weimar Germany and post-communist Russia, and of differential patterns of the ending of empires. This is a rare achievement, likely to set the terms of debate for many years." John A. Hall

"Brubaker may be the freshest voice writing on issues of nationalism, ethnicity, and national identity. He brings to the post-Soviet and East European scene not only a deep knowledge of Western Europe but great conceptual imagination." Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs Volume 76 No.2

"...serious readers may learn a great deal from careful reading. Recommended for all libraries." F. Tachau, Choice

"It would serve as a valuable supplementary text for any course focused on nationalism or, as is more likely these days, the poltics of identitity." John W. Outland, Perspectives on Political Science

Book Description

This study of nationalism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union develops an original account of the interlocking and opposed nationalisms of national minorities, the nationalizing states in which they live, and the external national homelands to which they are linked by external ties.

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2000
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Rogers Brubaker, Professor of Sociology at UCLA and part-time teacher at the Central European University in Budapest, has written six decent essays on nationalism here which don't really comprise a full book. Originally published in such journals as 'Daedalus' and 'Ethnic and Racial Studies', the essays present some interesting new concepts for the study of nationalism like 'nationalizing states' (a process which Benedict Anderson might call 'official nationalism') and 'homeland nationalism' (where a nation-state has significant numbers of its cultural community located outside its borders, i.e. Germany between the world wars and Russia today).
Yet Brubaker sometimes dips a bit much into jargon-filled sociological theory: for example, drawing from Pierre Bourdieu (who has a blurb on the back of the book), Brubaker defines a national minority as 'a dynamic political stance, or, more precisely, a family of related yet mutually competing stances.' Furthermore, he credits institutionalization too much for nationalism in the former USSR (i.e. Central Asia), calling nationalism a political phenomenon and thus not drawing enough attention to culture, language, religion, etc.
Nonetheless the essays are worth a quick read, especially the one comparing Weimar Germany and contemporary Russia.
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