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Reimagined Nations and Restructured States

Latha Varadarajan

in The Domestic Abroad

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199733910
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733910.003.0002
Reimagined Nations and Restructured States

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This chapter begins with an analysis of the dominant disciplinary understandings of trasnationalism and identity, exposing the limitations of their reductive framing, specifically within the liberal constructivist tradition. To make theoretical sense of the broad and contradictory interactions that constitute the domestic abroad, the rest of the chapter presents a systematic analysis that delineates first the political and then the economic dimensions of the domestic abroad, revealing the manner in which they are related to each other through an elucidation of the concept of hegemony. This framework then sets the stage for understanding the domestic abroad as the product of the processes through which the bourgeoisie, in the context of the development of capitalism on a global scale, continues its attempts to establish a seemingly organic connection between its interests and the interests of the nation-at-large, and to legitimize its hegemonic status.

Keywords: transnationalism; identity; constructivism; nationalism; state; capitalism; diasporas; bourgeoisie; hegemony; neoliberalism

Chapter.  13483 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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