Nationalism and Historicity

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Abstract

In this article the nation is shown to be a historical subject. As such, it is constructed and constantly reconstructed by discursive practices of power and knowledge. The author argues that the symbiotic interlinkage between nationalism and the organising knowledge principle of historicity, is an example of a power practice in the modern state. Throughout the article, it is shown that this practice is produced by interaction between the institutionally represented, sovereign or objective state and intellectual knowledge and its institutionalisation within the state as an academy, which acquires sovereignty in the production of objective truth. This peculiar discursive representation of making what really is personal interactions and struggles into official institutions has managed to produce the subject of the historical nation. The empirical case of Sweden is briefly discussed. During the age of great power, an exclusivist discourse of noble genealogical distinction of the 'Goths' was established. In modem Sweden, this genealogical myth is transformed to a popular national myth of exclusivity, a myth with great power potentials in the 'national projects' of modem politics.

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Authors
  • Patrik Hall
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Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • Politisk teori och metod, Idéanalys och normativ politisk teori
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-23
JournalNations and Nationalism
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes