Is ‘white nationalism’, nationalism?

Show simple item record Rigney, Maeve Holmes, Carolyn E. 2023-01-25T10:00:11Z 2023-01-25T10:00:11Z 2023-04
dc.description.abstract Are ‘white nationalists’ really nationalists? This label is one that right-wing, white activists themselves have chosen, and as such, compels rigorous investigation to avoid simply adopting the preferred nomenclature of these activists and their ambitions. The nation and nationalism are concepts with rich scholarly histories, and this paper seeks to examine the discussion, activities and statements of so-called white nationalists in light of this literature. We argue through a three-fold concept of the nation—based on territoriality, population and symbolic and/or cultural content—that the vision of the political community and ambitions of these activists falls short of the standard of a nation and that their aspirations do not conform to what the literature lays out as nationalism. We argue, therefore, that using the language of ‘white nationalism’ to describe these groups obfuscates and sanitises their motives and lends undue legitimacy to their standing in public discourse. en_US
dc.description.department Sociology en_US
dc.description.librarian hj2023 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Rigney, M., & Holmes, C. E. (2022). Is ‘white nationalism’, nationalism? Nations and Nationalism, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 512-527. . en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1354-5078 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1469-8129 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/nana.12873
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.rights © 2022 The Authors. Nations and Nationalism published by Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. en_US
dc.subject Far right en_US
dc.subject Radical right en_US
dc.subject Populist right en_US
dc.subject Race en_US
dc.subject Social movements en_US
dc.subject Symbolism en_US
dc.subject Territory en_US
dc.title Is ‘white nationalism’, nationalism? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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