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Psychonationalism

Psychonationalism
Global Thought, Iranian Imaginations

Part of The Global Middle East

  • Publication planned for: January 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108423076

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  • States routinely and readily exploit the grey zone between sentiments of national affinity and hegemonic emotions geared to nationalist aggression. In this book, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam focuses on the use of Iranian identity to offer a timely exploration into the psychological and political roots of national identity and how these are often utilised by governments from East to West. Examining this trend, both under the Shah as well as by the governments since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Adib-Moghaddam's analysis is driven by what he terms 'psycho-nationalism', a new concept derived from psychological dynamics in the making of nations. Through this, he demonstrates how nationalist ideas evolved in global history and their impact on questions of identity, statecraft and culture. Psycho-nationalism describes how a nation is made, sustained and 'sold' to its citizenry and will interest students and scholars of Iranian culture and politics, world political history, nationalism studies and political philosophy.

    • Introduces a new concept in our understanding of politics and nationalism
    • Explores the psychological and political roots of national identity
    • Provides the first global history of nationalism in Iran
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    • Publication planned for: January 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108423076
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: love and politics
    1. National hysteria: Roma o'Morte
    2. International hubris: Kings of Kings and Vicegerents of God
    3. Geographic dislocations: Iran is in India
    4. Religious neuroses: Islam and the people
    5. Un-national therapy: freedom and its discontents
    6. Sexing the nation: subversive trans-localities.

  • Author

    Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is Professor in Global Thought and Comparative Philosophies at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at the London Middle East Institute. He is the author of a number of books on Iran and Middle Eastern politics, including Iran in World Politics: The Question of the Islamic Republic (2010) and A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisation: Us and Them Beyond Orientalism (2014), and is the editor of A Critical Introduction to Khomeini (Cambridge, 2014).

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