Unfinished imagined communities: States, social movements, and nationalism in Latin America

José Itzigsohn, Matthias Vom Hau

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    This article addresses two shortcomings in the literature on nationalism: the need to theorize transformations of nationalism, and the relative absence of comparative works on Latin America. We propose a state-focused theoretical framework, centered on conflicts between states elites and social movements, for explaining transformations of nationalism. Different configurations of four key factors - the mobilization of excluded elites and subordinate actors, state elites' political control, the ideological capacities of states, and polarization around ethnoracial cleavages - shape how contrasting trajectories of nationalism unfold over time. A comparative analysis of early- and mid-twentieth century Mexico, Argentina, and Peru illustrates the explanatory power of our theoretical framework. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)193-212
    Number of pages19
    JournalTheory and Society
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006


    • Natioanlism, state formation, social movements


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