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COVID‐19, nationalism, and the politics of crisis: a scholarly exchange

Woods, Eric Taylor, Schertzer, Robert, Greenfield, Liah, Hughes, Christopher R. and Miller-Idriss, Cynthia (2020) COVID‐19, nationalism, and the politics of crisis: a scholarly exchange. Nations and Nationalism, 26 (4). 807 - 825. ISSN 1354-5078

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Identification Number: 10.1111/nana.12644


In this article, several scholars of nationalism discuss the potential for the COVID‐19 pandemic to impact the development of nationalism and world politics. To structure the discussion, the contributors respond to three questions: (1) how should we understand the relationship between nationalism and COVID‐19; (2) will COVID‐19 fuel ethnic and nationalist conflict; and (3) will COVID‐19 reinforce or erode the nation‐state in the long run? The contributors formulated their responses to these questions near to the outset of the pandemic, amid intense uncertainty. This made it acutely difficult, if not impossible, to make predictions. Nevertheless, it was felt that a historically and theoretically informed discussion would shed light on the types of political processes that could be triggered by the COVID‐19 pandemic. In doing so, the aim is to help orient researchers and policy‐makers as they grapple with what has rapidly become the most urgent issue of our times.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2020 09:00
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2024 04:18

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