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National minorities, nationalizing states, and external national homelands in the new Europe : notes toward a relational analysis

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Brubaker, Rogers

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Corporate Editor Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS), Wien
Abstract "Nationalism remains central to politics in and among the new nation-states. Far from »solving« the region's national question, the most recent reconfiguration of political space – the replacement of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia by some twenty would-be nation-states – only recast it in a new form. It is this new phase and form of the national question that I explore in this paper. I begin by outlining a particular relational configuration – the triadic relational nexus between national minorities, nationalizing states, and external national homelands – that is central to the national question in post-Soviet Eurasia. In the second, and most substantial, section of the paper, I argue that each of the »elements« in this relational nexus – minority, nationalizing state, and homeland – should itself be understood in dynamic and relational terms, not as a fixed, given, or analytically irreducible entity but as a field of differentiated positions and an arena of struggles among competing »stances.« In a brief concluding section, I return to the relational nexus as a whole, underscoring the dynamically interactive quality of the triadic interplay." (author's abstract)
Keywords minority; ethnic group; nationalism; native country; country of origin; national identity; national consciousness; nation state
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies; Migration, Sociology of Migration
Document language English
Publication Year 1993
City Wien
Page/Pages 21 p.
Series Reihe Politikwissenschaft / Institut für Höhere Studien, Abt. Politikwissenschaft, 11
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications