Preliminaries: Nationalism Without Nations

  • Krzysztof JaskułowskiEmail author


This chapter presents the theoretical and methodological framework of the book focusing on the concept of nationalism and nation. It draws on the constructivist theory of nationalism. It assumes that a nation is not a cohesive and real group with clear boundaries, but a set of signifying practices and discourses. It argues that a nation is a social construction, the meaning of which is an object of symbolic struggle. The meaning of a nation is stabilised by hegemonic discourses. Hegemonic discourses, however, are not only reproduced but also negotiated and challenged in everyday life. The chapter also discusses the research methodology. It also introduces the context of the research, focusing on the basic social conditions of the localities where the interviews were conducted.


Nationalism Nation Constructivism Qualitative research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesSWPS University of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWarsawPoland

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