The Mass Psychology of Ethnonationalism

  • Dusan Kecmanovic

Part of the Path in Psychology book series (PATH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Dusan Kecmanovic
    Pages 1-14
  3. Dusan Kecmanovic
    Pages 15-78
  4. Dusan Kecmanovic
    Pages 181-193
  5. Dusan Kecmanovic
    Pages 195-195
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-244

About this book


Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ethnonationalism has left its indelible mark on Europe and every other continent. The latest events in the Balkans, in central and eastern Europe, and in the former Soviet Union unequivocally testify to the power and influence of ethnonationalism at the end of the second millennium. What forces make people so committed to their ethnonational groups that they are ready to ignore all other concerns, first and foremost the rights and interests of people of other ethnicities? What is the social psychological and anthropological underpinning of ethnonationalism? And finally; why and how do people adhere to nation­ alist attitudes and beliefs? These questions are virtually impossible to avoid for anyone who has directly felt the impact of ethnonationalism, but they also present them­ selves to anyone who has indirectly experienced the prejudices unleashed by ethnonationalist forces. This book attempts to answer all these questions by focusing on national feeling and the social psychological and anthropological founda­ tions that underly the sense of belonging that is essential to nationalism. No matter how qualitatively different nationalist attitudes and beliefs are from national sentiment, the latter has to be considered in any study of national­ ism.


Nation conflict psychology violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Dusan Kecmanovic
    • 1
  1. 1.SydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0190-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0188-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-048X
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