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Nationalism and Its Logical Foundations

Nationalism and Its Logical Foundations
Author: Amílcar Antonio Barreto
ISBN 13: 9780230618640
ISBN 10: 230618642
Edition: 2009
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 2009-10-13
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 200
List Price: $110.00

This book contends that there is a fundamental logic underlying the participation of non-elites in the nationalist enterprise. In order to understand this logic we must cast aside the standard myopia ingrained in most Rational Choice analysis. Those blinders restrict the realm of payoffs to the pursuit of tangible goods and incorrectly assume that all group members — elites and non-elites alike — pursue the same payoffs. We cannot understand the true nature of nationalist movements until we take into account that elite and mass strata have different motivations for supporting the same cause. There is an elite calculus and a non-elite strategy simultaneously operating under the aegis of an ethnically defined and supposedly unitary operation.