Wednesday, May 31, 2006

What about nation building w/ no identifiable group?

The Nationalism Project website has an article "False Opposites in Nationalism:
An Examination of the Dichotomy of Civic Nationalism and Ethnic Nationalism in Modern Europe" by Nikolas. She argues that ethnic nationalism and civic nationalism aren't as dichotomous as they are usually thought to be. Instead she posits that they are "collaborative" in forming National Identity. I'm not that interested in the point she's making about the relationship between ethnic and civic nationalism, but it got me thinking about the basic requirements of any sub category of national identity. There has to be some basis for constructing a national identity. How do the first components of the equation become available as a basis for national identity building?

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