Professor Yael Tamir discuses her book “Why Nationalism” with The Department of Politics at Birkbeck University of London

This years Nations and Nationalism debate examines the book Why Nationalism by Yael Tamir. Tamir makes a passionate argument for a kind of nationalism that revives its participatory, creative, and egalitarian virtues, answers many of the problems caused by neoliberalism and hyperglobalism, and is essential to democracy at its best. In Why Nationalism, she explains why it is more important than ever for the Left to recognize these qualities of nationalism, to reclaim it from right-wing extremists, and to redirect its power to progressive ends. In making the case for a liberal and democratic nationalism, Tamir also provides a compelling original account of the ways in which neoliberalism and hyperglobalism have allowed today’s Right to co-opt nationalism for its own purposes.

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