"Primordialism" in nationalism studies: theory or ideology?

@article{Coakley2018PrimordialismIN,
  title={"Primordialism" in nationalism studies: theory or ideology?},
  author={J. Coakley},
  journal={Nations and Nationalism},
  year={2018},
  volume={24},
  pages={327-347}
}
  • J. Coakley
  • Published 2018
  • Sociology
  • Nations and Nationalism
For several decades, the field of nationalism studies has seen an extended debate about explanations of nationalism and about the process of nation formation. An impressive set of labels has been coined to describe alternative approaches. One of the theories that has enjoyed unusual longevity is the approach known as primordialism, which stresses the deep historical and cultural roots of nations and nationalism and assumes their quasi-objective character. This resilience is surprising because… Expand

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