ABOUT THE AUTHORS
 
 
 
Hamid Bouyahi
 
 
 
Hamid Bouyahi is an assistant university lecturer at Ibn Tofail University in Kenitra, Morocco. Hamid has also spent the academic year 2015/2016 as a business communication instructor at the National School of Architecture in Rabat, Morocco. He obtained his doctorate Degree in linguistics about "The Effects of the Political Opportunity Structures on the Framing of Social Movements' Virtual Discourse: A Critical Discourse Analysis" in 2018. In 2011, He had his master's degree in "Humanities and Area studies: colonial and postcolonial discourse" from Mohammed the First University in Oujda, Morocco. Between 2012 and 2015, Hamid Bouyahi has volunteered with the National Association of The Human Rights, as a fieldwork interpreter, at its local branch in Jerada, Morocco; where, he facilitated communication with the English-speaking sub-Saharan migrants. His main interests are Critical discourse analysis, social media studies, social movement theory, political sciences and international relations.
 
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Journal of Liberty and International Affairs | Vol. 4, No. 1 | June 2018
 
 
 
NATIONALISM AS AN ESSENTIALLY CONTESTED CONCEPT
Hamid Bouyahi
 
 
 
 
Abstract
 
Despite the fact that the notion of a state that contains a specific nation is relatively new, most societies tend to perceive their national origins as an indisputable historical fact. This paper tries to understand the reasons that make rational individuals and groups of people believe in the irrational claims of national identities and national pride. As political discourse is the main source of these claims, this paper analyses the nature of that discourse and the way it manages to coin essentially contested concepts that are acceptable by the public. Subsequently, the paper delves into the mechanisms in which the human cognitive apparatus interprets discourse, and the reasons that make it vulnerable to deception. Additionally, the paper revisits notions like nations and states to prove the fact that there is no direct relationship between belonging to a state and feeling national pride. Eventually, the paper tackles the main psychological attributes that interfere to make rational individuals and groups abandon their rationality to believe in purely sentimental political notions.
 
 
Keywords
 
Nation, state, political discourse, nationalism
 
 
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