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Against Orthodoxy

Studies in Nationalism

Drawing on case studies from around the globe, this provocative, accessible volume challenges the way we think about nationalism.

During the Cold War, nationalism fell from favor among theorists as an explanatory factor in history, as Marxists and liberals looked to class and individualism as the driving forces of change. The resurgence of nationalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, called for a reconsideration of the paradigm. Against Orthodoxy uses case studies from around the world to critically evaluate decades of new scholarship. The authors argue that theories of nationalism have ossified into a new set of orthodoxies. These overlook nationalism's role as a generative force, one that reflects complex historical, political, and cultural arrangements that defy simplistic explanations.

About the Authors

Trevor W. Harrison is a professor of sociology at theUniversity of Lethbridge, associate director of the sameuniversity's Prentice Institute for Global Population andEconomics, and co-founder and director of the Parkland Institute at theUniversity of Alberta. Slobodan Drakulic was anassociate professor of sociology at Ryerson University.


"Those looking for a new synthesis on nationalism will not find it in Against Orthodoxy, yet its nuanced analyses are sure to generate debate and discussion. This is a topic of signal importance in the world today, and this impressive collection is rich in both theoretical orientations and empirical cases."—William Carroll, author of

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