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Telling stories is an essential part of being human: We tell stories about ourselves to show other people who we are and where we belong. Nations have stories to tell too - "stories of peoplehood" - that build and maintain a sense of national belonging and identity. The concept has been used to analyse identities, memories, and histories of individuals, communities and nations. But does it make sense to talk about peoplehood today? Can plural societies tell national stories without marginalizing their minorities? And is it even fair to assume that our individual self-narratives are coupled with shared cultural ones?
In Narrating Peoplehood amidst Diversity, 16 internationally renowned scholars reflect on the nature and history of peoplehood and discuss how it forms part of national identities, public culture, and academic historiography. Based on theoretical analysis and empirical studies drawn from Latinos in the United States and African immigrants in France, and from multicultural stands in Canada to grand narratives in Danish history, the book is a timely contribution to the ongoing debate on belonging and identification in multicultural societies.
Table of contents
Stories of Peoplehood: An Approach to the Study of Identity, Memory, and Historiography
Re-imagining a People: Towards a Theory of Peoplehood as Social Imaginary
Citizenship, Belonging and Identification: The State of Denmark
Our Stories, Our Selves: Identities and Dialogs of Narrative
Identity and Nationalism in a Global World: Some Theoretical Reflections
Nation, Region, and Immigration in US History, 1864-1924
From the Shining City on a Hill to a Great Metropolis on a Plain? American Stories of Immigration and Peoplehood
From Workers to Enemies: National Security, State Building, and America's War on Illegal Immigrants
Narratives of Nation and Anti-Nation: The Media and the Construction of Latinos as a Threat to the United States
Immigration and the Intersection of Ethnic and National Narratives: The Case of Ethnic Mexicans in the United States
The Writing of History and National Identity: the Danish Case
Grand Narratives in Danish History: From Functional Identity to Problematic Identity
Who Are We Now? A Multicultural Canada in the Twenty-First Century
Canada's Story: The Urgency of History
National Identity, American and Otherwise
Narratives of Peoplehood, National History, and Imagined Nations amidst Diversity. A Conclusion
MA in Scandinavian languages and literature Rikke works primarily with the series 50 højdepunkter and modern history and spends the rest of her time on communications, sales and marketing of Press books. She has a background as an expatriate Dane with jobs in the journals department at Cambridge University Press, teacher of English as a foreign language and project worker at art museums in the US.
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