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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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core definition

Nationalism is the expression of support for or reification of a nation state.

explanatory context

Nationalism has two meanings.


First is the expression of patriotic feeling. This is frequently accompanied by jingoism and is indicative of reactionary, or anti-internationalust sentiments.


Second, nationalism refers to the pursuance of national independence, usually from imperialism. Nationalism in this sense is much more complex politically, it might be revolutionary or ultra-conservative, might have internationalist appeal or be a means to insularity.

analytical review

Elwell's Glossary of Sociology (undated) defines nationalism as:

An individual's internalization of the set of beliefs and values expressing love, pride and identification with a given nation state. Ritual and symbols are important tools in fostering nationalism among the citizenry.

associated issues


related areas

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Elwell's Glossary of Sociology, undated, available at, page not available 20 December 2016.

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