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Globalization, Cosmopolitanism, and Minority Nationalism

Margaret Moore

in Minority Nationalism and the Changing International Order

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199242146
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599651 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242143.003.0003
 Globalization, Cosmopolitanism, and Minority Nationalism

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The Enlightenment dream of a cosmopolitan global culture has acquired a new vigour by the current context of global economic restructuring, which has revived conceptions of nationalism as a backward and atavistic romanticization of the past. There are, however, three basic misconceptions in this opposition between globalization and nationalism, which are explored in this chapter. The first involves the assumption that nationalism is related to the economic ‘base’ of societies, and that a globalizing economy must therefore work towards a globalization of society that renders nations and nationalism obsolete. The second asserts that acculturation––i.e. the increasing standardization of cultural forms––will necessarily or automatically translate into the assimilation of minority nationalisms. The third involves a set of mistaken assumptions that a global cosmopolitan culture is in some way an ideal at which human society is or should be aiming. The chapter aims to encourage a new view of minority nationalism, which is consistent with an enlightened cosmopolitanism and with managed globalization of the economy.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism; Enlightenment; globalization; nationalism

Chapter.  7281 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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