Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952613 | Print ISBN: 9781412905794 | Online ISBN: 9781412952613| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Anne L. Clunan
Nationalism is a set of beliefs in the distinctiveness of a group (a nation) and its right to practice self-determination. The group in question need not share any observable ethnic, linguistic, religious, or racial traits, merely a collective sense of itself as a national political community. As Benedict Anderson puts it, nationalism is the sense of belonging to a community where many of its members may never come into contact with one another. Nationalism creates concepts of nationality or national identity—belonging and owing loyalty to the nation. For these reasons, nationalism is a key source of social integration as a ...