Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Understanding Nations and Nationalism

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit seeks to acquaint students with the main theoretical strands in the scholarly study of nationalism: primordialism, modernism, ethno-symbolism, and recent ‘vernacular’ models. One key question asked will be the relation between ethnic identity and the nation-state: Does ethnic identity precede the nation-state, or is it invented as a necessary corollary of an essentially political formation? Other issues pertain to gender and nationalism, nationalism and the body, and representations of nation (as in cinema, painting, and so on). The unit draws on illustrative empirical materials from Malta, South Asia, and Central Europe.

Readinig List

- Anderson, B. (1991) Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Verso.
- Berlin, I. (1990) ‘The Bent Twig: On the Rise of Nationalism’, in Isaiah Berlin The Crooked Timber of Humanity, John Murray.
- Bhabha, H.K. (1990) Nation and Narration, Routledge.
- Billig, M. (1995) Banal Nationalism, Sage.
- Gellner, E. (1983) Nations and Nationalism, Blackwell.
- Hobsbawm, E.J. (1992) Nations and Nationalism since 1780: Programme, Myth, Reality, 2 ed Cambridge University Press.
- Hutchinson, J. & Smith, A.D. (1994) Nationalism, Oxford University Press.
- Khilnani, S. (2004) The Idea of India, Penguin.
- Kymlicka, W. (1995) Multicultural Citizenship, Clarendon.
- Mann, M. (1992) ‘The Emergence of Modern European Nationalism’, in J.A. Hall and I.C. Jarvie (eds) Transition to Modernity: Essays on Power, Wealth and Belief, Cambridge University Press.
- Ozkirimli, U. (2000) Theories of Nationslim, Macmillan.
- Smith, A.D. (1986) The Ethnic Origins of Nations, Blackwell.
- Smith, A.D. (1991) National Identity, Penguin.
- Steinberg, J. (1996) Why Switzerland?, 2 ed., Cambridge University Press.
- Vassalli, M.A. (1796) ‘Discorso preliminare’, in M.A. Vassalli Ktieb il-Kliem Malti, A Fulgoni (Reprinted in Sammut 2002).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Mark Anthony Falzon

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