9780745655079

Belonging Solidarity and Division in Modern Societies

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  • ISBN13:

    9780745655079

  • ISBN10:

    0745655076

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-09-03
  • Publisher: Polity Pr

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Summary

It is commonly assumed that we live in an age of unbridled individualism, but in this important new book Montserrat Guibernau argues that the need to belong to a group or community - from peer groups and local communities to ethnic groups and nations - is a pervasive and enduring feature of modern social life.

The power of belonging stems from the potential to generate an emotional attachment capable of fostering a shared identity, loyalty and solidarity among members of a given community. It is this strong emotional dimension that enables belonging to act as a trigger for political mobilization and, in extreme cases, to underpin collective violence.

Among the topics examined in this book are identity as a political instrument; emotions and political mobilization; the return of authoritarianism and the rise of the new radical right; symbols and the rituals of belonging; loyalty, the nation and nationalism. It includes case studies from Britain, Spain, Catalonia, Germany, the Middle East and the United States.

This wide-ranging and cutting-edge book will be of great interest to students and scholars in politics, sociology and the social sciences generally.

Author Biography

Montserrat Guibernau is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London, where she works on national and ethnic diversity.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Ch. 1 Identity as a political instrument
  • Ch. 2 Belonging by choice
  • Ch. 3 Freedom and constraint
  • Ch. 4 The new radical right and the resurgence of authoritarian politics
  • Ch. 5 The rituals of belonging
  • Ch. 6 Loyalty, citizenship and the nation
  • Ch. 7 Emotions and political mobilization
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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