Friendship and Solidarity: The Road Not Taken in the Study of National Attachment

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Part of the Cultural Sociology book series (CULTSOC)

Abstract

Studies of nationalism privilege questions about the common identity of actors and overlook the question of social ties between actors. Recent reappraisals of national identity discourse that foregrounded institutional processes and the study of national communities in everyday life (notably Brubaker, Erikson, Edensor, and Fox and Miller-Idriss) have not considered the role of sociability as an equally important category of analysis. The few scholars to have addressed national solidarity (notably Calhoun and Malešević) described it as an abstract relation between strangers and drew a dichotomous distinction between personal friendship and collective solidarity. Engaging with various discussions on the politics of friendship, trust, and strangership (among them Honohahn, Mallory, and Silver), this chapter sets out to bring friendship back in and argues the need for a phenomenological inquiry that centers on the continuum between interpersonal and collective ties.

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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Gender Studies ProgramBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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