Re: Question of the Month: January

Hello all,

Thank you for your great responses this month. We have had a fascinating and productive conversation about the impact that the affective turn has had on the study of nationalism, and it is clear that there is great work being done in this field. Special thanks must go to our interviewee for this month, Reetta Eiranen. Dr. Eiranen shared her expertise on this matter and gave us some great examples of the intersection of emotion and nationalism in practice.

Re: Question of the Month: January

Thanks to Joep for bringing Max Weber into the conversation. The interpretation of the war enthusiasm of 1914 as a manifestation of the thirst for charisma, as Weber described it, is quite compelling. I would add that Weber's theories of rational-bureaucratic authority and of the historical interrelation of the three types of legitimate political authority can be quite helpful for understanding this war enthusiasm.

Re: Question of the Month: January

Much of the work on emotions helps us to trace connections between the individual and the collective, and between the personal and the public, so I think it can teach us a lot about nationalism, particularly as it is experienced as part of the texture of daily life. In terms of methods, this can lead in a variety of different directions. A couple of examples from the literature on the United States:

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