Angharad Closs Stephens – The Persistance of Nationalism

A book worth looking at from a great series – many fantastic titles from this Interventions series.

Progressive Geographies

My colleague Angharad Closs Stephens’s book The Persistence of Nationalism: From Imagined Communities to Urban Encounters has just been published by the Routledge Interventions series. From the back cover:

9780415623452This is a book about the difficulties of thinking and acting politically in ways that refuse the politics of nationalism. The book offers a detailed study of how contemporary attempts by theorists of cosmopolitanism, citizenship, globalism and multiculturalism to go beyond nationalism often reproduce key aspects of a nationalist imaginary. It argues that the challenge of resisting nationalism will require more than a shift in the scale of politics – from the national up to the global or down to the local, and more than a shift in the count of politics – to an emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism. In order to avoid the grip of ‘nationalist thinking’, we need to re-open the question of what it means to imagine…

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