After the Nation?: Critical Reflections on Nationalism and by Shane O'Neill, Keith Breen

By Shane O'Neill, Keith Breen

Explores the ways that the countryside and nationalism are challenged by means of modern realities. This quantity addresses changes to our realizing of nationwide sovereignty, difficulties posed via violent clash among rival nationwide initiatives, the feasibility of postnationalist democracy and citizenship, and the controversy over international justice.

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Linguistic difference does raise a difficulty: Quebec may yet secede from a relatively liberal regime, whilst the continued unity of India is not guaranteed. Well, pace Hall, India not only remains united but it is also on its way to becoming a world power as a multiethnic and vibrant multilingual democracy with an exemplary asymmetrical devolution of governance. 2 Modernism simply got it wrong. The case of ethnosymbolism as expressed in the work of Anthony Smith is rather different and more perplexing because of its paradoxical claims with regard to the nation-state.

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However, and in following Ludwig Wittgenstein (1958), I prefer to consider these different theories to be unified by a ‘family resemblance’. Modernist theories of nationalism are not connected by one essential common feature but by a series of overlapping similarities. The family resemblance is best expressed in the view that nationalism functions to sustain the formation of nation-states, whatever the vastly different empirical, normative, or conceptual arguments put forward to support this claim.

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