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Beyond Nationalism and the Nation-State
Radical Approaches to Nation

ISBN 9780367684020
Published May 31, 2021 by Routledge
226 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book centers on one fundamental question: is it possible to imagine a progressive sense of nation? Rooted in historic and contemporary social struggles, the chapters in this collection examine what a progressive sense of nation might look like, with authors exploring the theory and practice of the nation beyond nationalism.

The book is written against the background of rising authoritarian-nationalist movements globally over the last few decades, where many countries have witnessed the dramatic escalation of ethnic-nationalist parties impacting and changing mainstream politics and normalizing anti-immigration, anti-democratic and Islamophobic discourse. This volume discusses viable alternatives for nationalism, which is inherently exclusionary, exploring the possibility of a type of nation-based politics which does not follow the principles of nationalism.

With its focus on nationalism, politics and social struggles, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of political and social sciences.

Table of Contents

Radical Approaches to Nation: An Introduction

İlker Cörüt and Joost Jongerden

Part I: Collective Action, Self-Rule, and Autonomy

1. A Democratic Nation: The Kurdistan Workers Party PKK and the Idea of Nation Beyond the State

Joost Jongerden and Cengiz Gunes

2. Hikmet Kıvılcımlı, “History Thesis”, and Nation-Form: National Revolutionaries as Modern Barbarians?

İlker Cörüt

3. Dreams and Realities: Do-It-Yourself (Autonomic) Reincorporation by Ex-Insurgents in Colombia

Julián Cortés Urquijo and Gerard Verschoor

Part II: Nation, Pueblo, Narod

4. Venezuela: Revolutionary Bolivarianism Against the Colonial Nation-State

Dario Azzellini

5. Which Nation is this? Brexit and the not-so-United Kingdom

John Clarke

6. Narod as a Radical Political Invention: The Outset of Intellectual Struggles Over the Nation in the Nineteenth Century Russia

Gözde Yazıcı Cörüt

Part III: Anti-Colonial Nation

7. The Arab Nation, the Chinese Model, and Theories of Self-Reliant Development

Max Ajl

8. Revolution and Nation Building in Burkina Faso

Ernest Harsch

9. José Carlos Mariátegui and Politics: Reform, Revolution, and Populism

Juan E. De Castro

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Ilker Cörüt is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism and Religious Diversity at Potsdam University, Germany. He is interested in anthropology of the state and Turkish nationalism, nationalism studies, contemporary social theory, and the political economy of modern Turkish history and the Kurdish question.

Joost Jongerden is Associate Professor Do-it-Yourself development at the Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and Project Professor at the Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies at Kyoto University, Japan. Having a geographical focus on the rural, Turkey and Kurdistan, his research centers on the question of how people create and maintain a livable life under conditions of precarity.