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The Nation/State Fantasy

A Psychoanalytical Genealogy of Nationalism

Authors: Mandelbaum, Moran M.

  • Explores the origins of our contemporary ‘regime of nation/state congruency’
  • Presents a novel approach of nationalism and the nation/state that goes beyond methodological nationalism and state-centrism critiques
  • Deploys a psychoanalytical and discourse analytical approach to the question of nationalism
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About this book

This book explores the origins of nationalism and the ideal of nation/state congruency since early-modern European thought, their transformation over time and endurance in contemporary political thought and IR theory. The author deploys a Lacanian-psychoanalytical reading of nationalism and the nation/state that goes beyond methodological nationalism and state-centrism critiques. He offers a genealogical inquiry into the emergence of the nation/state congruency ideal, thus exposing and problematising the practices that render nationalism and the ideal of the nation/state necessary. Offering a new way to read the ontology and epistemology of the nation/state, this work will be of interest to students and scholars of nations and nationalism, political thought, critical international relations and critical security studies.

About the authors

Moran M. Mandelbaum is Lecturer in International Relations in SPIRE (School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment), Keele University, UK.  

Reviews

“This exciting and significant book shows how the nation-state is not just ‘imagined’ but is rather the result of a fantasy. Deploying a genealogical history of the present, and a psychoanalytic lens on utopian visons and foregone failures, Mandelbaum updates both Gellner on nationalism and Anderson on communities.  Does democracy require ‘one people’ by race or ethnicity, language or religion, history or values, in order to function without strain? Or is democracy an on-going stressful negotiation of diversities that functions because it never resolves? This book addresses this pressing liberal dilemma with great lucidity and elegance.” (Terrell Carver, Professor, University of Bristol, UK)

“Ideas of national cohesion and practices of cultural homogenisation played a crucial role in modern European history before WW2—and now risk an undesired come back. Illuminated by insights from Lacanian psychology, this highly original work provides the best and most inspiring investigation into this new field of research. No other book before has analysed so much in-depth (and succeeded so well in combining) this complex set of relationships and interrelated dynamics. It is essential reading for scholars of nationalism and an invaluable guide to students of IR, psychology, political theory and political history.” (Daniele Conversi, Research Professor, Ikerbasque Basque Foundation for Science, Spain)

“The idea that the borders of nations and states should tightly overlap has been interrogated by a number of scholars in history, sociology and IR alike. Mandelbaum enters this well-charted terrain with an original, provocative and powerful argument. He suggests that the nation-state congruency is a fantasy - a story through which we cover the lack in the social order in order to make understanding possible, yet also one that ultimately fails in doing so. Building on Lacanian psychoanalysis, Mandelbaum guides us through conversations with leading intellectuals of Western modernity and shows how their thought revolved around this nation/state fantasy. Mandelbaum's superbly researched account unpacks the discursive and affective underpinnings of the current international order. As such, it should be an essential reading for students of IR theory, nationalism studies and critical social theory.” (Jakub Eberle, Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations, Prague)

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eBook $44.99
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  • Due: December 23, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-22918-4
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • Due: November 25, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-22917-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Nation/State Fantasy
Book Subtitle
A Psychoanalytical Genealogy of Nationalism
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22918-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22918-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22917-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 234
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