Is it time to be postnational?

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Abstract

In the wake of 1989, talk of globalization was often celebratory. This was true not only among anticommunist ideologues, corporate elites, and followers of Fukuyama's Hegelian announcement of the end of history. Enthusiasm for globalization was also prominent on the left. Even while an anticorporate movement gathered strength, many were eager to proclaim the rise of international civil society as a transcendence of the nation-state. Very few listened to reminders that national struggles in much of the world were among the few viable forms of resistance to capitalist globalization. Many embraced an ideal of cosmopolitan democracy. That is, they embraced not just cosmopolitan tastes for cultural diversity (which too often rendered culture an object of external consumption rather than internal meaning); not just the notion of hybridity with its emphasis on porous boundaries and capacious, complex identities; and not just cosmopolitan ethics emphasizing the obligations of each to all around the world. They embraced also the notion that the globe could readily be a polis, and humanity at large organized in democratic citizenship. This is an attractive but very elusive ideal. The discourse of globalization is gloomier early in the first decade of the twenty-first century than it was in the 1990s. Stock market bubbles burst, and even recovery has felt insecure; reviving equity prices have not been matched by creation of jobs. The world's one superpower has announced and implemented a doctrine of preemptive invasion of those it sees as threatening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEthnicity, Nationalism, and Minority Rights
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages231-256
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780511489235
ISBN (Print)0521842298, 9780521842297
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

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globalization
transcendence
stock market
follower
cultural diversity
invasion
twenty-first century
nation state
doctrine
civil society
obligation
equity
citizenship
elite
moral philosophy
democracy
time
discourse
history

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Calhoun, C. (2004). Is it time to be postnational? In Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Minority Rights (pp. 231-256). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511489235.012

Is it time to be postnational? / Calhoun, Craig.

Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Minority Rights. Cambridge University Press, 2004. p. 231-256.

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Calhoun, C 2004, Is it time to be postnational? in Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Minority Rights. Cambridge University Press, pp. 231-256. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511489235.012
Calhoun C. Is it time to be postnational? In Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Minority Rights. Cambridge University Press. 2004. p. 231-256 https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511489235.012
Calhoun, Craig. / Is it time to be postnational?. Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Minority Rights. Cambridge University Press, 2004. pp. 231-256
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