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Tribe, Nation, State: Traditional Forms of Imposed Identity

THOMAS M. FRANCK

in The Empowered Self

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780199248094
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191707766 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248094.003.0001
 Tribe, Nation, State: Traditional Forms of Imposed Identity

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Every day seems to bring new evidence demonstrating that the world is in a deep crisis of militant nationalisms. This book argues that these events, however horrific, disguise a deeper reality: nationalism is in retreat and no longer enjoys an exclusive licence to define personal identity. For various reasons examined in ensuing chapters, individualism has emerged, at the end of the 20th century, as an increasingly preferred alternative to self-definition imposed by nationalism's genetic and territorial imperatives. The individualist is an authentically modern phenomenon: a person who sets out to choose the components of his or her own, unique identity.

Keywords: identity; nation; state; nationalism; individualism; self; self-definition

Chapter.  9601 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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