The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 12: Rethinking the Nation1
Rethinking the Nation1
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 ...