Maya Tudor and Harris Mylonas (George Washington University) co-authored an article on nationalism, published in the Annual Review of Political Science. The article takes stock of political science debates on nationalism to critically assess what we already know and what we still need to know.
The authors highlight three trends in contemporary nationalism scholarship: (a) comparative historical research that treats nationalism as a macropolitical force and excavates the relationships between nations, states, constitutive stories, and political conflict; (b) behavioural research that uses survey data and experiments to gauge the causes and effects of attachment to nations; and (c) ethnographic scholarship that illuminates the everyday processes and practices that perpetuate national belonging.
They go on to summarise insights from philosophy, history, and social psychology and identify knowledge gaps that political scientists are well-positioned to address. A final section calls for more comparative, cross-disciplinary, cross-regional research on nationalism.