Asian Forms of the Nation

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Author: Stein Tonnesson,Hans Antlov

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113679204X

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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The general tendency among theorists in nationalism and national identity has been to assume that the modernization process in Asia and Africa is a kind of distorted reflection of a Western precedent; Asian forms of the nation have rarely been seen as independent, alternative models. Among today's leading theoreticians, there is a growing tendency to take Asia seriously, and to include Asian examples in the general discussion. The aim of the present collection is to build on and reinforce this tendency. It does not postulate any specifically Asian form of the nation, as opposed to a Western one. Rather, it seeks to demonstrate that in Asia, as well as in Europe, each nation forms a unique amalgam which can be compared fruitfully with others. History, culture and geography have posed various kinds of limits to what can be imagined (as Benedict Anderson puts it). The relationship between geographical space and national construction is explored in depth here.

The Nation, the State, and Indian Identity

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Author: Madhusree Dutta,Flavia,Neera Adarkar

Publisher: Popular Prakashan

ISBN: 9788185604091

Category: History

Page: 206

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The Book Suggests That We Should Focus On Identity Which Would Help Us Tackle The Divisive, Often Violent Strands Of Our Society In The Context Of Pressing Moral Crisis Of Democracy And Secularism. The Editors Have Provided A Valuable Forum For The Ordinary Concerned Citizen Who Aspires For A More Just Society.

State of the Nation

South Africa 2007

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Author: Sakhela Buhlungu,John Daniel,Roger Southall

Publisher: HSRC Press

ISBN: 9780796921666

Category: History

Page: 586

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State of the Nation: South Africa 2007 offers 22 diverse angles on contemporary South Africa in one compelling and comprehensive collection. The politics section focuses on the outcome of the 2006 local government elections and issues of service delivery. The economy section examines the rapidly growing social welfare net, the state of our public health systems, and the topics of water and the environment, heritage and tourism. Violence against women, prison reform, the plight of South Africa's former guerrilla fighters, transformation in South African rugby and the post-apartheid role of the church all come under the spotlight in the society section. The volume concludes with a look at trends in the continuing involvement of South African business on the African continent, South Africa's part in the complex search for peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the life of the vast Zimbabwean exile community in South Africa.

Contours of the Nation

Making Obesity and Imagining Canada, 1945–1970

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Author: Deborah McPhail

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442660732

Category: History

Page: 280

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The obesity epidemic that is said to plague nations around the world, including Canada, is not solely a medical condition to be managed. In Canada, the discourse on obesity emerged during a time of social upheaval in the postwar period. Contours of the Nation is the first book which historically explores obesity in Canada from a critical perspective. Deborah McPhail demonstrates how obesity as a problem was affixed to particular populations in order to separate true Canadians from others. She reveals how the articulation of obesity contributed to the Canadian colonial project in the North; where Indigenous peoples were viewed as modern Canadians due to their obesity, thereby negating any special claims to northern lands. Contours of the Nation successfully demonstrates how histories can trace the actual materialization of bodies through relations of power, particularly those pertaining to race, gender, and nation.

The End of the Nation State

The Rise of Regional Economies

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Author: Kenʼichi Ōmae

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0029233410

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 214

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Arguing that nation states are forfeiting their role in the global economy, the author contends that other forces have usurped economic power--capital, corporations, customers, communications, and currencies--and that natural economic zones or region states are emerging. 25,000 first printing.

Reclaiming the Nation

Muslim Women and the Law in India

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Author: Vrinda Narain

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802092780

Category: Law

Page: 213

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Living in pluralist India has had critical consequences for Muslim women who are expected to follow a determined and strict code of conduct. The impact of this contradiction is most evident in the continuing denial of gender equality within the family, as state regulation of gender roles in the private sphere ultimately affects the status of women in the public sphere. Reclaiming the Nation examines the relationship between gender and nation in post-colonial India through the lens of marginalized Muslim women. Drawing on feminist legal theory, postcolonial feminist theory, and critical race theory, Vrinda Narain explores the idea of citizenship as a potential vehicle for the emancipation of Muslim women. Citizenship, Narain argues, opens the possibility for Indian women to reclaim a sense of selfhood free from imposed identities. In promoting the hybridity of culture and the modernity of tradition, Narain shows how oppositional categories such as public versus private, Muslim versus feminist, and Western versus Indian have been used to deny women equal rights. A timely account of the struggle for liberation within a restrictive religious framework, Reclaiming the Nation is an insightful look at gender, nationhood, and the power of self-determination.

The Nation in History

Historiographical Debates about Ethnicity and Nationalism

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Author: Anthony D. Smith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 074568050X

Category: Political Science

Page: 126

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In this thought-provoking new book, Anthony Smith analyses key debates between historians and social scientists on the role of nations and nationalism in history. In a wide-ranging analysis of the work of historians, sociologists, political scientists and others, he argues that there are three key issues which have shaped debates in this field: first, the nature and origin of nations and nationalism; second, the antiquity or modernity of nations and nationalism; and third, the role of nations and nationalism in historical, and especially recent, social change. Anthony Smith provides an incisive critique of the debate between modernists, perennialists and primordialists over the origins, development and contemporary significance of nations and nationalism. Drawing on a wide range of examples from antiquity and the medieval epoch, as well as the modern world, he develops a distinctive ethnosymbolic account of nations and nationalism. This important book by one of the world's leading authorities on nationalism and ethnicity will be of particular interest to students and scholars in history, sociology and politics.

Inspiration for the Nation

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Author: Barry Perkins

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 1615796339

Category: Philosophy

Page: 64

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YOU WERE THERE WHEN I WAS DOWN YOU WERE THERE WHEN I WAS CRYING YOU WERE THERE WHEN MY HEART WAS TORN YOU WERE THERE WHEN I WAS COLD YOU WERE THERE I'VE ALWAYS CALLED YOUR NAME YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN AROUND I'VE NEVER LOOKED FOR YOU AND YOU HAVEN'T BEEN FOUND YOU'VE BEEN THERE FOR ME THROUGH ALL THE HARD TIMES AND IN MY DARKEST HOUR YOU'VE HELPED ME TO SHINE I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT YOU REALLY CARE BECAUSE WHEN I CALLED YOUR NAME YOU WERE THERE