Understating the (nationalist) state: a response to my reviewers

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I first set out my general perspective on nationalism as, above all, a form of politics related to modern statehood. This feeds into the response to each reviewer. First responding to Sandelind, I dispute the contenton that I overstate nationalism's political dimension. The dominance of nationalism as a political ideology in the contemporary world is, I argue, much more important than Sandelind suggests, in terms of framing both statehood and the politics of immigration. Turning to Antonsich's review, I query the extent to which the mundane social practices analysed through the 'everyday nationhood' agenda are fruitful for analysing nationalism without also clearly taking into account the relatively unmoving and enduring modern state. This endurance, related to
prevalent and seemingly secure frameworks of public power and authority, shapes my response to Valluvan's optimism for an anti-racist, post-national politics, and my more pessimistic conclusion that nationalism retains a seemingly inescapable grip over present and potential collective political identifications and agency in Britain and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalIdentities: Global Studies in Culture and Power
Early online date8 Oct 2020
Publication statusEarly online - 8 Oct 2020


  • nationalism
  • racism
  • the state
  • everyday nationhood
  • national identity


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