Introduction: Negotiating Territoriality and Nationalism

  • John Erik Fossum
  • Riva Kastoryano
  • Birte Siim
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


There is very little theoretically and normatively informed empirical research that seeks to juxtapose studies of national contestation with other, non-national, perspectives. This collection does so by juxtaposing analyses of Canada and Europe (the EU, member and closely affiliated non-member states). It focuses on contestations over nationalism, with transnational nationalism and new nationalism reflecting contestations within the ambit of nationalism, and cosmopolitanism as contestation about nationalism. Together, they make up the book’s themes on contestations over nationalism. Clarifying the terms of contestation—is it still about nationalism, or is it about factors and phenomena that should be more suitably labelled under other categories of social identification and co-existence—is important in order to understand the nature of our contemporary societies and, not least, how they deal with diversity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Erik Fossum
    • 1
  • Riva Kastoryano
    • 2
  • Birte Siim
    • 3
  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Sciences PoParisFrance
  3. 3.Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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