Stories of Peoplehood : The Politics and Morals of Political Membership (Contemporary Political Theory)

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Stories of Peoplehood : The Politics and Morals of Political Membership (Contemporary Political Theory)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 230 p.
  • 言語 ENG
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How can we build thriving political communities? In this provocative account of how societies are bound together, Rogers Smith examines the importance of 'stories of peoplehood', narratives that promise economic or political power and define political allegiances in religious, cultural, racial, ethnic and related terms. Smith argues that no nations are purely civic: all are bound in part by stories that seek to define elements intrinsic to their members' identities and worth. These types of stories can support valuable forms of political life but they also pose dangers that must be understood if they are to be confronted. In contrast to much contemporary writing, Stories of Peoplehood argues for community-building via robust contestation among sharply differing views. This original argument combines accessible theory with colourful examples of myths and stories from around the world and over 2,500 years of human history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    xi
Introduction: on studying stories of peoplehood 1 (18)
Part I Explaining the political role of
stories of peoplehood
Elements of a theory of people-making 19 (53)
The role of ethically constitutive stories 72 (57)
Part II Constructing political peoplehood in
morally defensible ways
Ethically constitutive stories and norms of 129(46)
allegiance
A pioneering people 175(38)
References 213(13)
Index 226