Please find below the details of a recent book by Michael Skey, a member of CMRB.
National Belonging & Everyday Life: The Significance of Nationhood in an
Uncertain World (Palgrave, 2011)
Shortlisted for the 2012 BSA/Philip Abrams Memorial Prize
Why do so many people take-for-granted the idea that they live in and belong
to a nation?
Do national identities matter and, if so, to whom?
To what extent are processes of globalisation undermining or reinforcing
attachments to the nation?
Drawing on insights from sociology, social psychology and anthropology,
Michael Skey addresses these complex questions by examining the views and
attitudes of a group that has been overlooked in much of the recent
literature; the ethnic majority.
Through a detailed analysis of the ways in which members of the majority in
England discuss their own attachments, their anxieties about the future, and,
in particular, their relations with minority groups, Skey demonstrates the
link between a more settled sense of national belonging and claims to key
material and psycho-social resources.
By analysing what is at stake for the majority, the book offers a more
complete understanding of recent controversies over immigration,
multiculturalism and community cohesion in Western settings, as well as a
framework for theorising the significance of nationhood in the contemporary
To order: http://www.palgrave.com/
Sample chapter: http://www.palgrave.com/PDFs/
Dr Michael Skey
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
University of East London