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Containing Nationalism$
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Michael Hechter

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247516

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019924751X.001.0001

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Causes of Nationalism

Causes of Nationalism

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(p.18) Chapter 2 Causes of Nationalism
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Containing Nationalism
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DOI:10.1093/019924751X.003.0002

Short of the grant of outright sovereignty, nationalist violence can be contained only by processes that inhibit nation formation, reduce the demand for autonomy or sovereignty among national minorities, and raise the costs of collective action. This chapter presents theories of group solidarity (governing the process of nation formation) and endogenous state formation (responsible for the evolution of governance units). The chapter then discusses the modernity of nationalism, the social bases of nationalist movements, and the kinds of institutions most likely to contain these movements.

Keywords:   group solidarity, imperial decline, indirect rule, nation formation, public goods, social identity, state‐formation

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