Although nationalism and ethnicity have long been associated with mirity populations, an emerging literature looks at how the state and/or a majority group interact with mirities, and how, behind the expression of the nation promoted by the state, there is often an ethnic core. This book contributes to this emerging literature on dominant nationalism and dominant ethnicity by presenting multidisciplinary contributions that center on how states deploy their own nationalism, and how the state's nation-building and nation-consolidating processes are very often spearheaded by a specific ethcultural group. It focuses on the interrelated issues of identity, federalism and democracy. Dominant nationalism and ethnicity involve the projection, the promotion, and sometimes the imposition by the state and/or a dominant group of an identity, which can be challenged, negotiated and/or resisted by mirity groups. This brings questions for democratic practices, since it raises the issue of self-rule. Since dominant nationalism and ethnicity are shaped by ideas and institutions relating to the territorial division of power, federalism is crucial for understanding these phemena. The book is amongst the first to look at dominant nationalism and ethnicity from historical, theoretical, empirical and rmative perspectives.
The Editors: Andre Lecours is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University, and is a member of the Research Group on Plurinational Societies. His main research interests are nationalism (with a focus on Belgium, Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom), federalism, and institutionalist theory. Genevieve Nootens teaches political philosophy and holds the Canada Research Chair in Democracy and Sovereignty at Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi. She is a member of the Research Group on Plurinational Societies and of the Research Center on Diversity in Quebec; she also collaborates to the Ethnicity and Democratic Governance project. Her main research interests are contemporary liberalism, nationalism, the state, and democratic theory.