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Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism establishes a new basis for understanding the changing nature of polity and community and offers unprecedented attention to these dominant trends. Paul James charts the contradictions and tensions we all encounter in an era of increasing globalization, from genocide and terrorism to television and finance capital.

Nation Formation: From the Medieval to the Postmodern
Nation formation: From the medieval to the postmodern

Just as the nation-state did not die at the end of the twentieth century – despite premature claims about its imminent demise – its emergence as a social form in the nineteenth century was not a creation ex nihilo and immediate. Social forms such as these can only be understood in the long run of world history and in relation to the changing matrix of social practice and categorization. This chapter suggests that nationalism, the nation and the nation-state can only be fully understood in terms of the slow and emerging dominance of more abstract social relations across all the modes of practice from communication to enquiry and across all ...

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