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Nativism By Pokhrel, Arun Kumar; Pillai, Sharon

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1711-1
Published: 01/10/2017
Retrieved: 21 April 2024, from


Nativism in modernist literature asserts the primacy of personal and collective identity mediated through language, culture, geography, religion and race. In the defense of local identity and cultural particularity, Nativism stresses the values of the native rooted to a particular place and the distinctive social, cultural and geographical qualities of being native. This essentialist Euro-American view of Nativist identity promotes the superiority of any one group, culture and race over other groups, cultures and races, while overlooking similar movements in other parts of the world. So Nativism remains a highly problematic term within the larger field of global modernist studies.

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Pokhrel, Arun Kumar and Sharon Pillai. Nativism. Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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