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Rethinking the Nation1
Rethinking the nation

What is so important about the nation? First, the nation is not about to disappear. Instead it remains an important component in the cultural organization of our social and political life regardless of whether it is necessarily a good or bad thing. We know well enough that nationalism has the capacity to create a condition for violence and exclusion, but we also have to acknowledge that nationality and the nation-state have the power to enforce sovereignty, supra-local solidarity as well as individual and collective rights of citizenship. The nation is also important because it is a cultural artifact that represents humanity's tendency to come together as well as to divide into conflicting groups. This tension between the nation's interest to ...

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