Minority Nationalism and the Changing International Order

Minority Nationalism and the Changing International Order

Minority Nationalism and the Changing International Order

Minority Nationalism and the Changing International Order


'Keating and McGarry have taken on an important subject and have assembled a range of able contributors to produce a valuable volume of theoretical examinations and case studies addressing the new (and old) dynamics of minority nationalism in the era of globalization... this is a significant contribution to the study of ethnopolitics, which will have its use in advanced undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as in the debates among scholars and policy makers.' -Canadian Journal of Political Science'Keating makes a number of important points with regard to the changing nature of the state in an international or regional framework in which the notion of sovereignty has radically changed.' -Canadian Journal of Political ScienceGlobalization and European integration have not meant the end of nationalism but they have eroded the old nation state. This both encourages the emergence of new nationalist claims, and opens new possibilities for dealing with them. The book looks at nationalism in the global age and at cases in western, central and eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Quebec.


Michael Keating

Nationalism has historically been associated with the state and state-building. Yet in a world in which the state is in many respects weakened, penetrated by transnational and sectoral interests, nationalism appears to be resurgent. It is the argument of this chapter that the transformation of the state has in fact encouraged the re-emergence of nationalisms within states, but at the same time provides opportunities for the non-violent resolution of nationalist conflict. This requires a break with the state-centred tradition of much historical and political science research, an appreciation of the importance of other frameworks of identity and collective action, and a search for opportunities for accommodating nationalist demands within the emerging international regimes. Not all types of nationalist movement can be accommodated in this way, however, and we still lack a new model of the state that provides a formula for the recognition of nationality and self-government in diverse forms.

Nationalism and the State

There is one school of thought that associates nationalism by definition with the nation-state. Hobsbawm writes that a nation 'is a social entity only insofar as it is related to a certain kind of modern

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