Anthropological race psychology 1820-1945: a common European system of ethnic identity narratives

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dc.contributor.author MCMAHON, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-23T13:39:29Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-23T13:39:29Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Nations and nationalism, 2009, 15, 4, 575-596
dc.identifier.issn 1354-5078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/17336
dc.description.abstract This article examines ethnic stereotypes in biological race classification of Europeans between the 1830s and 1940s as part of political discourse on national identity. Anthropologists linked physical-psychological types to nations and national character stereotypes through 'national races', achieving an often quite enduring international consensus on each race's mentality. The article argues that race mentality narratives were therefore partly dictated by their place within a dynamic interlocking European system. I focus on two key interacting elements that structured this system: the central role of the Germanic-Nordic blond and the geographically uneven process of modernisation. I consider the spatiality of socio-cultural and political factors 'external' to the stereotype system, such as geopolitics and modernisation, but also emphasise that discursive relationships between national stereotypes helped structure the international stereotype system. My conclusion argues for greater consideration of the influence of both scientific and international systemic factors in research on national identity.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Nation state
dc.subject Violence
dc.subject Ethnicity
dc.subject History of science
dc.subject Stereotypes
dc.subject Classification
dc.subject Discourse
dc.subject Conflict
dc.subject National identity
dc.subject Social unrest
dc.subject Political systems
dc.subject Nationalism
dc.subject Europe
dc.title Anthropological race psychology 1820-1945: a common European system of ethnic identity narratives
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.volume 15
dc.identifier.startpage 575
dc.identifier.endpage 596
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