National Culture and National Habitus

New Working Paper Series 2012

Editors: Andreas Pickel and Gad Yair

Nations and national cultures receive less and less attention as scholars and the general public focus attention primarily on new transnational and global cultural realities. In many respects, this shift of attention is justified. The contributors to this series of working papers disagree with this dominant view to the extent that generalizations or comments on national culture, where they actually do occur in the globalization debate, tend to be theoretically and empirically problematic.

For a variety of reasons, nations and national cultures have received little attention from mainstream social science. To be sure, the study of nations and nationalism has become a large and fruitful field of scholarly activity, albeit separated from fields such as society and culture, political economy, and global politics. But in theoretical terms, nations, national cultures and national habitus have no home as concepts and as part of larger conceptualizations of the social.

The contributions to this series attempt to zero in on this misunderstood and undertheorized area by providing theoretical, conceptual, and/or empirical arguments and evidence with the aim of creating a broader debate on the significance of national culture and national habitus in the global age. Contributions are invited from scholars who would like to participate in such a debate.

As working papers, contributions made to this series may be published elsewhere. Previously published material can be made available on this site through links, abstracts, etc. Papers are not refereed, but the editors will reject those they do not consider of sufficient relevance to the series' agenda.



Papers Published by the Centre


The Centre supports discussion and debate on global issues in a number of ways. 

We welcome submissions to all three of our paper series, especially from students and colleagues at Trent University.

The working papers of the Centre under its previous name, Trent International Political Economy Centre (TIPEC), published in 2001-2004 are available here.