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The Burden of Memory

Dipankar Gupta

in LEARNING TO FORGET

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195674330
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195674330.003.0007
The Burden of Memory

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The age of nationalism was also the age when ancien regimes the world over began crumbling under their accumulated weight. The nation-state was owned by all classes. There was nothing logical about the boundaries that made up nation-states. The hierarchy of class, or of authority, are manifestations of open systems of stratification. Capitalism appears ideally equipped to establish open systems of stratification. It does not emerge noiselessly from the wombs of feudalism. The principle of repulsion worked itself in without overconstraining the logic of capitalism. It is important to allow the logic of citizenship to take over and evolve from belonging to nation-states to belonging to knowledge-states.

Keywords: nationalism; nation-state; open systems; capitalism; stratification; feudalism; citizenship

Chapter.  7107 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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