Nationalism Is A Benefit Or A Problem? Essay

2107 Words Dec 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Before we can contemplate the political psychology of a typical nationalist, we must define what nationalism is. I define nationalism as a sense of attachment to a nation, and according to Cottam et al., a nation-state exists “when the average citizen of a country is a nationalist.” (Cottam et al. 294) The United States is in itself, a nation-state. Nationalism leads to a variety of effects including the reduction of cooperation, and the increased production and motivation of the citizenry. There are strong arguments both ways as to whether nationalism is a benefit or a problem. I believe that nationalism cannot fall into either category as nationalism provides both positives and negatives to the individual, the country, and domestic and foreign policy.
There are multiple characteristics that a typical nationalists have. First, nationalists “tend to be more sensitive than non-nationalists to threats to the nation-state, and the image through which they view the threatener is extreme.” (294) Second, nationalists are always open to expanding the influence of their nation. An example of this is the Chinese expansion into the South China Sea which is seen as China increasing their military influence on the region. Third, “there will be a greater tendency among the public of nation-states to be deeply concerned with the objective of gathering together communities existing outside the borders of the state whom they regard as a part of their national community.” (295) Recent…

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