Criticism of Modernity and Revisiting 'Nationalist Discourse' in the Context of Nationalism

Yildirim E.

AMME IDARESI DERGISI, vol.48, no.1, pp.1-33, 2015 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-33
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


This article, in line with recent studies in the literature on nationalism, aims to contribute to the modernity-centered attempts to explain nation and nationalism that take center stage in the relevant literature. Accordingly, the article, unlike Modernist theories' approach to nation and nationalism based on the phenomena such as industrialization, urbanization, and social mobilization, which are the basic social dynamics of modernity, approaches to nation and nationalism within the context of the criticism of modernity and the concept of 'discourse'. In this context, with an aim to revisit first the criticisms of modernity and then nationalism taking the Michel Foucault's definition of "discourse" as starting point, the article contains analyses on the nature of 'nationalist discourse' that refers to nationalism and national identity in general, as well as analyses on 'daily life' and 'gender'-two new approaches of nationalist discourse-in particular.