Towards a Cultural Sociology of Nations and Nationalism

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Woods, E. T. and Debs, M. 2013. Towards a Cultural Sociology of Nations and Nationalism. Nations and Nationalism. 19 (4), pp. 607-614.
AuthorsWoods, E. T. and Debs, M.
Abstract

Scholars in nationalism studies have long been aware of culture’s important role in the success of nationalism and the endurance of nations. The 2011 annual conference of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity of Nationalism, which was on the theme of rituals and performances, suggests that culture remains high on the contemporary agenda. Yet, despite this sustained focus on culture, there has been very little engagement with new approaches that have emerged from the rapidly growing fields of cultural studies and cultural sociology. Important scholars associated with those fields are seldom referenced in the pages of this journal.
There is much to be gained from bringing new cultural approaches into closer contact with the study of nations and nationalism. The cultural sociological approach referred to as the ‘strong program’ is well-suited to such an endeavour. In this introduction, we provide a short overview of the treatment of culture in key texts in nationalism studies and the ways in which we believe the strong program might contribute to its development. Following this, we provide a short outline of each of the articles that comprise this special section.

KeywordsNationalism; Cultural Sociology; Ethnosymbolism; Strong Programme
JournalNations and Nationalism
Journal citation19 (4), pp. 607-614
ISSN1354-5078
Year2013
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/nana.12036
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12036
Publication dates
Online27 Aug 2013
Publication process dates
Accepted01 Mar 2013
Deposited02 Oct 2019
Copyright holder© 2013 The author(s). Nations and Nationalism © ASEN/John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Copyright informationThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Woods, E. T. and Debs, M. (2013), Towards a cultural sociology of nations and nationalism. Nations Natl, 19: 607-614, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12036. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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