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    Ethno-Traditional Nationalism and the challenge of immigration

    Kaufmann, Eric (2019) Ethno-Traditional Nationalism and the challenge of immigration. Nations and Nationalism 25 (2), pp. 435-448. ISSN 1354-5078.

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    The rise of the populist right in the West is emerging as the most discussed manifestation of nationalism in the world today. In this paper, I argue that this ‘new nationalism’ is largely driven by immigration, which affects ethnic majorities within nation-states. This in turn alters the ethnic character of the nation, challenging what I term the ethno-traditions of nationhood. Our inherited concepts of ethnic and civic nationalism were developed in an earlier period when immigration was limited and territorial revisionism animated nationalist movements. Only on the furthest reaches of the extreme right is the worldview one of ethnic nationalism. In our demographically churning yet territorially static western world, we need a new term to describe the cultural nationalism of the anti-immigration right. I characterise this as ethno-traditional nationalism, a variety of nationalism which seeks to protect the traditional preponderance of ethnic majorities through slower immigration and assimilation, but which does not seek to close the door entirely to migration or exclude minorities from national membership.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): cultural nationalism, ethnic nationalism, ethnic–civic, far right/radical right/populist right, immigration/migration
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Eric Kaufmann
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2019 15:39
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:55


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