David Miller

in On Nationality

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293569
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599910 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory


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Nationalism is a powerful force in contemporary societies, and poses unavoidable questions about state boundaries, political self‐determination, cultural pluralism, and our duties to people inside and outside the nation. It should not be dismissed as an irrational force outside our control. The book defends ‘the principle of nationality’ which can be summed up in three propositions: that national identities are genuine forms of personal identity, that we have special duties to fellow‐nationals and that nations have a good claim to be politically self‐determining.

Keywords: boundaries; cultural pluralism; duties; national identity; nationalism; personal identity; self‐determination

Chapter.  6551 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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