Frustrated Nationalism

Nationalism and National Identity in the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Gregory S. Mahler

Subjects: Political Science, Comparative Politics, Public Policy, World History
Series: SUNY series in Comparative Politics
Hardcover : 9781438496184, 324 pages, January 2024
Paperback : 9781438496191, 324 pages, July 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-07-02

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Table of contents

1. Frustrated Nationalism in the Twenty-First Century
Gregory Mahler

Part I. Nationalism and Some Western Democratic States

2. Frustrating Nationalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and Self-Determination
David Ryan

3. A Secular Turn: The Place of Culture in Quebec’s Self-Conception
Raffaele Iacovino

4. Nation-Building within a Union State: Scotland’s Frustrated Nationalism
Christopher A. Whatley

Part II. Nationalism and Minority Groups

5. Contextual Nationhood: The Multiple Dimensions of Nationality in the Mi’kmaw People’s Nation-Building Strategies
Simone Poliandri

6. Rethinking Mexican Nationalism: Mestizaje, Indigenous Peoples, and Zapatismo
Neil Harvey and Dolores Trevizo

7. Māori Struggle for Indigenous Rights: Contesting Sovereignty in New Zealand
Toon van Meijl

Part III. Nationalism and Ethnic Survival

8. Virtual Tibet: Representation, Legitimacy, and Struggles for Democracy
Åshild Kolås and Tashi Nyima

9. Self-Determination and National Liberation in Kurdistan in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Joost Jongerden

10. The Biafra Separatist Movement and Resurgence of Igbo Nationalism in Nigeria
Bernard Ugochukwu Nwosu and Kenneth Omej

11. Beyond a Militia: Notes on the History and Ideology of the Huthi (Ansar Allah) Movement in Yemen
Felipe Medina Gutiérrez

Part IV. Afterword

12. Nationalism and National Identity in the Twenty-First Century
Gregory Mahler

About the Contributors

Essays that describe the efforts of several groups in a variety of political settings to achieve greater control over the policies that affect them, the strategies they employ to do so, and their status today.


The nation-state is seen by many today as the key unit of analysis for international organization and cooperation in the modern age, but not all groups that want to make up and control their own nation-state are able to do so: historical factors, domestic politics, and international relations often prevent them from obtaining sovereign power. Groups that have tried to create a nation-state and failed to do so can be referred to as being "frustrated." Frustrated Nationalism offers case studies by an international collection of scholars who describe the efforts of many of those groups to achieve sovereign status, or at least to obtain greater control over the policies that affect them, their strategies, and their outcomes.

Gregory S. Mahler is Academic Dean Emeritus and Research Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He is the author or editor of many books, including Foreign Perceptions of the United States Under Donald Trump and Comparative Politics: Exploring Concepts and Institutions Across Nations.


"The theme of nations and nationalism is a crucial one in the comparative politics subfield of political science, as well as the fields of world history and historical sociology. This volume brings together specialists who explore a wide range of cases of national identity formation and nationalism, offering rich empirical material and interpretation that provides useful groundwork for comparative analysis. Unlike other work that is more regionally focused or limited to specific historical periods, the cases included here cover a wide historical timespan and geography. The cases are diverse, interesting, historically contextualized, and brought up to the present time with the inclusion of ongoing national conflicts such as the Houthi rebellion in Yemen." — Richard Stahler-Sholk, coeditor of Rethinking Latin American Movements: Radical Action from Below