Geographies of nationalism

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This review article considers recent scholarship on the geographies of nationalism by focusing on three key binaries that have defined the field of nationalism studies: inclusive/exclusive (geographies of community), love/hate (geographies of emotion), and past/future (geographies of time). It argues that asking who participates in constructing such conceptual dualisms, geographers can offer important insights about how nationalist discourses underpin contemporary practices of governing ourselves and others as political subjects—and their multifarious spatial dimensions. Geographers are well positioned to investigate the drawing of conceptual boundaries as political acts, with real effects in the world, rather than intellectually “wrong.” As such, this article calls for nationalism scholars not to outright reject binaries, but to take them seriously as a way to open up broader questions about the geographies of nationalism that all subjects of today's state system must confront.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-211
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Geography(United Kingdom)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Nationalism
  • affect
  • binary
  • identity politics
  • methodological nationalism
  • time geography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Philosophy


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