Ethno Nationalism: A Brief Introduction

  • Anand Bajaj
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Human beings have been engaged with the idea of nation and nation formation from time immemorial. The paper traces the work of Anthony Smith who is the major contributor in the primordialist school of thought. He raises some fundamental questions like “why are men and women willing to die for their countries? Why do they identify so strongly with their nations?” Anthony Smith is credited with developing the “ethno symbolist theory”, which presents novel ideas about ethnies as the basis of nation formation. Smith’s work stands between “modernist theories defending the recent, invented and constructed nature of nation and nationalism and perinnialist theories emphasizing the permanence of nations”.

key words: primordialist ethnies modernist nationalism


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Author Biography

Anand Bajaj

Anand Bajaj is a research scholar in the Department of Humanities and Management, Dr. B.R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology Jalandhar. He teaches English and Communication Skills to Graduate and Post-Graduate students in DAVIET Jalandhar. His research interests include Indian Writing in English, Post Colonialism and Bakhtinian Dialogics. He has around 15 research publications in national and International Journals to his credit.

How to Cite
Bajaj, A. “Ethno Nationalism: A Brief Introduction”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 4, no. 3, Aug. 2017, pp. 1-9,
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