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Comparative Territorial Politics

Nationalism, Liberalism and Language in Catalonia and Flanders

Authors: Cetrà, Daniel

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  • Offers a comparative study of nationalism in Catalonia and Flanders
  • Expands our knowledge about debates around the politics of language and linguistic justice
  • Addresses the relationship between liberalism and nationalism through a combination of political theory and inter-disciplinary empirical research
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About this book

Is liberalism really compatible with nationalism? Are there limits to linguistic nation-building policies? What arguments justify the imposition of national languages? This book addresses these questions by examining the linguistic disputes in Catalonia and Flanders, two major cases of sub-state nationalism. The book connects two strands of arguments: the political arguments around contested linguistic policies, drawing on a rich set of primary and secondary sources, and the theoretical arguments around liberalism and nationalism. The study also compares the historical trajectory and political dynamics of Catalan and Flemish nationalism. It shows that the relationship between language and nationhood is politically constructed through state nation-building and minority activism. The findings highlight the relevance and pervasiveness of nationalism in contemporary social and political life. This book will appeal to scholars and upper-level students interested in nationalism, contemporary political theory, the politics of language, and comparative territorial politics.

About the authors

​Daniel Cetrà is Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and the Centre on Constitutional Change, Edinburgh, UK. He specialises in nationalism, independence movements and minority rights.

Reviews

“This is a most timely book. It is about more than linguistic rights in Catalonia and Flanders; it is about the nature of nationalism itself. Elegantly argued, it shows how language debates are, at core, about nationalism and national identity.” (David McCrone, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh, UK)

“We owe much to Daniel Cetrà for this especially rich comparative account of Catalonia and Flanders. The book is inspiring, accessible and makes a major contribution to the scholarly literature on nationalism and multinational democracies. Cetrà urges us to recognize the relevance of cultures, identities and territories in the management of diversity and contributes to rethink power dynamics in the search for equality and fairness.” (Alain-G. Gagnon, Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)

“Cetrà’s book is an incisive and timely examination of language battles in multi-ethnic states. It is especially welcome for its thoughtful integration of theory and comparative analysis.” (Bernard Yack, Lerman Neubauer Professor of Democracy and Public Policy, Brandeis University, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-08274-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-08273-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nationalism, Liberalism and Language in Catalonia and Flanders
Authors
Series Title
Comparative Territorial Politics
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-08274-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-08274-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-08273-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 210
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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