9781509518333

Patriotism

Paperback / softback by Charles Jones, Richard Vernon

From flag-waving to the singing of national anthems, the practices and symbols ofpatriotism are inescapable, and modern politics is increasingly full of appeals topatriotic fervour. But if no-one chooses where they were born, and our ethicalobligations transcend national boundaries, then does patriotism make any sense? Doesit encourage an uncritical attachment to the status quo, or is it a crucial way ofunderstanding and applying our freedoms and moral duties?

In this engaging book, Charles Jones and Richard Vernon guide us through thesequestions with razor-sharp clarity. They examine the different ways patriotism has beendefended and explained, from a republican attachment to free and democraticinstitutions to an ethical and historical fabric that makes our entire moral life andidentity possible. They outline its relationship to a range of other key concepts, such asnationalism and cosmopolitanism, and skilfully analyse the issues surroundingpartiality to country and whether we should prioritise the welfare of our compatriotsover outsiders.

This concise and lucid volume will be essential for both students and general readerswishing to understand the contemporary resonance and historical development ofpatriotism, and how it intersects with debates about global justice, cosmopolitanismand nationalism.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 120 pages Language: English
Dimension: 137 x 15 x 213mm ISBN10: 1509518339
Weight: 204g ISBN13: 9781509518333
Publication Date: 02 Mar 2018 Publisher: Polity Press

ABOUT AUTHOR

Charles Jones is Associate Professor of Political Science at Western University, Canada

Richard Vernon is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Western University, Canada

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