Return to the Nation: The Origins and Politics of New Nationalism
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Sociology
Course Number: GSOC 5210
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course explores the nature of contemporary nationalism within Europe and compares it to previous forms of nationalism. We will examine the idea of a “return to the nation” taking place across Europe by first outlining what scholars propose to be “new” about new nationalism and the significant others against which the nation is constructed and defended. We will then proceed by reviewing theories of nationalism in the development of the modern nation-state and considering work on the constitutive role of colonial subjects in the formation of European national identities. Finally, the course will return to the contemporary context and examine the increasing influence of new nationalist discourse on politics and immigration policies, as well as how contemporary nationalism operates in relation to the European Union and claims of universal human rights. This class is being taught by our 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow Elizabeth Onasch.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions