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Nation-Work: A Praxeology of Making and Maintaining Nations

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2012

Kristin Surak*
Department of Sociology, Universität Duisburg-Essen [].
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This article bridges the literatures on nationalist projects and everyday nationhood by elucidating a repertoire of actions shared by both. Analysis of such “nation-work” contributes to the cognitive turn in ethnicity and nationalism research by showing how ethnonational categorization operates. Examining variation in this domain shows that though nationalism may project an image of a homogeneous “we”, internal heterogeneity is crucial for refining the experience and performance of membership in the nation.

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