Against Orthodoxy

Studies in Nationalism

Edited by Trevor W. Harrison and Slobodan Drakulic

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  • Published: July 2012
  • Subject Listing: Global Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 376 pp., 80 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: U.S. rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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Drawing on case studies from around the globe, this provocative, accessible volume challenges the way we think about nationalism.

During the Cold War, nationalism fell from favor among theorists as an explanatory factor in history, as Marxists and liberals looked to class and individualism as the driving forces of change. The resurgence of nationalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, called for a reconsideration of the paradigm. Against Orthodoxy uses case studies from around the world to critically evaluate decades of new scholarship. The authors argue that theories of nationalism have ossified into a new set of orthodoxies. These overlook nationalism's role as a generative force, one that reflects complex historical, political, and cultural arrangements that defy simplistic explanations.

Trevor W. Harrison is a professor of sociology at the University of Lethbridge, associate director of the same university's Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economics, and co-founder and director of the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta. Slobodan Drakulic was an associate professor of sociology at Ryerson University.