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We hope the new year has started positively and productively for you all. We started 2020 with a great conversation on the role of emotion and affect in the study of nationalism, and we hope to follow it up with another fascinating discussion. This month we are tackling a difficult and controversial question about ideology, essentially asking what nationalism means and what it’s limits are, assessing whether certain movements that identify as nationalist can in fact accurately use that label. To that end this month we are asking:
How do ideologies that package together ideas of transnational racial exclusivity with the language of nationalism (i.e. white nationalism, black nationalism, pan-Asianism, etc) fit into our understanding of how nationalism operates? Can we accurately describe these ideologies as 'nationalisms' or are they something different? What scholarship would you recommend that deals with the question of racial nationalisms?
As always we look forward to hearing your comment and ideas on another interesting Question of the Month.
Simon Purdue, series editor