Ethnic Challenges To The Modern Nation State

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Original essays examine ethnic challenges to the modern nation-state and to moderninty itself, on the philosophical, political, and social levels. These issues are examined in case studies encompassing three types of states: industrialized, liberal states in Western Europe, settler states in America, Africa, and the Middle East, and post-colonial states in Asia and Afica.

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Overview

Original essays examine ethnic challenges to the modern nation-state and to moderninty itself, on the philosophical, political, and social levels. These issues are examined in case studies encompassing three types of states: industrialized, liberal states in Western Europe, settler states in America, Africa, and the Middle East, and post-colonial states in Asia and Afica.

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"Ethnic Challenges to the Modern Nation State provides a focused and challenging analysis of political authority... "—Jourbanal of Politics
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Despite modern nationalism's often bad press, 15 scholars address various aspects of its staying power in an ambiguous age. Part I treats theoretical considerations concerning collective identity and individual freedom. Ethnic strife in Western Europe is the focus of Part II, while the next two sections extend perspectives on ethnic challenges to settler states (e.g. Israel, South Africa) and post- colonial ones (India and African states). Based on a 1995 conference at Tel Aviv U., where the editors teach political science/modern history. Ben-Ami is Israel's Minister of Public Security. Contributors also hail from North America, England, and Spain. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312230531
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/5/2000
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Shlomo Ben-Ami is Professor of Modern History.

Yoav Peled is Senior Lecturer in Political Science.

Alberto Spektorowski is Lecturer in Political Science, all at Tel-Aviv University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Shlomo Ben-Ami
Part I: Collective Identity, Individual Freedom and the Modern State: Theoretical Considerations
• Modernity and National Identity—Will Kymlicka
• Towards the Rehabilitation of "Nation Building" and the Reconstruction of Nations—Rebecca Kook
• Culture is Not Enough: A Democratic Critique of Liberal Multiculturalism—Yoav Peled and Jose Brunner
Part II: Ethnic Strife and the State in Western Europe
• Catalan and Basque Nationalism—Stanley G. Payne
• Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Society in Germany—Moshe Zuckerman
• The New Right and the Intellectual Elaboration of Ethnic Europe—Alberto Spektorowski
Part III: Ethnic Challenges in Settler States
• Minority Protest and the Ethnic Regionalism: Palestinian-Arabs in the Israeli 'Ethnocracy'—Oren Yiftachel
• Nationalism and Non-Racialism in South Africa—Gershon Shafir
• Rethinking Multinational Space: The Quebec Referendum and Beyond—Alain G. Gangon
• Modernity, Premodernity and the Political: The Neozapatistas of Southern Mexico—Eric Herran
• Control and Resistance: Two Dimensions of Palestinians' Existence in Israel—Ah,ad H. Sa'di
Part IV: Ethnic Conflict in Post-Colonial Societies
• The Resurgence of Ethnohinduism —A Theoretical Perspective—Ornit Shani
• Ethnic Groups and the State in Africa—Benjamin Neuberger
• Islamism and Democracy in Algeria—Gema Martin Munoz

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