Sinews of the Nation: Constructing Irish and Zionist Bonds in the United States
1 The Organization of National Attachments 1
2 Moneymaking and Nation Building 19
3 Gifting the Nation 29
4 National Gift Giving in Crises 56
5 Making National Bonds: Floating the Irish and Israeli Loans in the United States 73
6 Making and Unmaking National Attachments: The Failure of the Irish Bond and the Success of the Israel Bond 98
7 Heterogeneity, Indeterminacy, and the Construction of National Interests 129
Conclusions: Nation Building as an Organizational Accomplishment 154
Craig Calhoun, London School of Economics and Political Science
"A unique take on the voluminous literature on nationalism and national identity. Lainer-Vos locates nation-building in diaspora communities that send money home to their national states that are engaged in highly contentious nationalist struggles. The idea of looking at the strength of national identity in the homeland and the diaspora through the lens of contributions to bond drives is original and compelling. Lainer-Vos unites economic sociology and political sociology in a novel way. The choice of the two cases, Ireland and Israel, is apt. Sinews of the Nation, impeccably researched and well written, injects new life into a well trodden field."
Mabel Berezin, Cornell University
"How are nations built? Drawing from Irish and Zionist experiences, Dan Lainer-Vos' Sinews of the Nation demonstrates the crucial role of monetary transactions in forging national movements. With style, compelling arguments, and fascinating evidence, Lainer-Vos sets up a novel research agenda. A welcome contribution to political and economic sociology."
Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University