Beyond the cultural argument for liberal nationalism

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2 (3):26-47 (1999)
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The nation is usually taken to be an expression, and ?nationalism? a defence, of culture. But we may have sanguinary national conflict (as in Northern Ireland or the former Yugoslavia) where cultural difference is small; and we may have minimal conflict (as in Switzerland or Belgium) where cultural difference is great. This essay proposes a shift, away from seeing nations as grounded in culture, to seeing them as grounded in ?identity? ? often forged by historical forces having nothing to do with culture per se. This essay rejects a cultural argument for liberal nationalism (associated with the work of Raz, Miller and Kymlicka among others) precisely because it confounds national identity with common culture. Since nations diverge despite a common culture, ?common culture? cannot explain them. Identity is more fundamental. It persists where culture changes.



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Margaret R. Moore
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On Nationality.David Miller - 1995 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Liberalism, Community, and Culture.Will Kymlicka - 1989 - Oxford University Press.
Liberal Nationalism.Yael Tamir - 1995 - Princeton University Press.
One for All: The Logic of Group Conflict.Russell Hardin - 1995 - Princeton University Press.

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