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dc.contributor.authorKamusella, Tomasz Dominik
dc.contributor.editorFellerer, Jan
dc.contributor.editorPyrah, Robert
dc.contributor.editorTurda, Marius
dc.identifier.citationKamusella , T D 2019 , The fallacy of national studies . in J Fellerer , R Pyrah & M Turda (eds) , Identities In-Between in East-Central Europe . Routledge Histories of Central and Eastern Europe , Routledge , London .en
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 261144297
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-3484-8352/work/61622218
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85077539578
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dc.description.abstractNational studies is a broad field of academic pursuits potentially comprised of all the social sciences and humanities, though its typical core is limited to philology, history and ethnography (also known as folklore studies or ethnology). In Central Europe (also in Japan and southeast Asia), where the ethnolinguistic kind of nationalism predominates for building, legitimising and maintaining nations and their nation states, national studies are the main intellectual cornerstone of these processes. As such the ideal of dispassionate and disinterested research open to all is abandoned, and scholarship is harnessed into the service of the state-led national idea. The resultant subservience of research to ideology requires the adoption of circular logic among proponents and practitioners of national studies that better serve the national interest. Language, history and culture are nationalised and essentialised. The basic assumption of this development is that a given nation’s language, history and culture are fully accessible and knowable exclusively to the nation’s members. Scholars sticking to this dogma are assured of employment at state-owned and state-approved universities, while those whose research contradicts cherished assumption of the national idea are summarily ostracised in order to bring them into line or make them leave academia.
dc.relation.ispartofIdentities In-Between in East-Central Europeen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesRoutledge Histories of Central and Eastern Europeen
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dc.subjectNationalism studiesen
dc.subjectSocial realityen
dc.subjectNation-state buildingen
dc.subjectD901 Europe (General)en
dc.titleThe fallacy of national studiesen
dc.typeBook itemen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Historyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Institute for Transnational & Spatial Historyen

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