Social construction of nation - A theoretical exploration

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Abstract

In this article, the term "nation" is understood as a mental construct, and the formation of national identity as a dynamic, contentious historical process of social construction. Using the concept of "figured world of nationhood," I discuss how the subjective, collective perception of the "objective," virtual reality of a nation is (re)constituted and negotiated through social practices. In the same process, actors come to increasingly identify with and commit themselves to this "figured world of nationhood." The agency of social actors involved is differentiated according to the respective "social field" of their action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-482
Number of pages30
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Social construction of nation - A theoretical exploration. / Ting, Mu Hung Helen.

In: Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2008, p. 453-482.

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