This title discusses the formation of nationhood and citizenship and their transformation in the global age. The different collective identities which evolved, affected particularly by immigration, in Britain, France, the United States and Germany are outlined in a historical, genetic and comparative perspective with special emphasis on the case of Germany. It looks at the question of transnational civil ties and the identities which emerge during the process of European integration and how they relate to national and sub-national identities.
RICHARD M?NCH is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bamberg, Germany. His publications include Sociological Theory, Democracy at Work, The Ethics of Modernity and numerous articles.