Wk 13A Nation state and immigration

Wk 13A Nation state and immigration - Who can be an...

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Who can be an American? Who Gets to Decide?
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A nation-state is a specific form of state , which exists to provide a sovereign territory for a particular nation , and which derives its legitimacy from that function. The state is a political and geopolitical entity; the nation is a cultural and/or ethnic entity. The term "nation-state" implies that they geographically coincide, and this distinguishes the nation-state from the other types of state, which historically preceded it. If successfully implemented, this implies that the citizens share a common language, culture, and values which was not the case in many historical states. A world of nation-states also implements the claim to self-determination and autonomy for every nation, a central theme of the ideology of nationalism . Wikopedia Definition
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The Ideal Nation-State * Every member of the nation is a permanent resident of the nation-state No member of the nation lives outside it There are no indigenous or ethnic minorities There is no immigration and no emigration (people don’t come in and don’t leave) Each generation is born in the nation-state of 100% national parentage The state retains its character in each succeeding generation Consists of one ethnic group; one language; one religion; one culture
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National, Ethnic, and Transnational Identities “Ideal” of modern nation-state: One nation, one state Most actual nation-states: Complex ethnic identities* within and across nation-states How do nation-states go about constructing a national identity? create this sense of a single “nation” *Based on shared cultural attributes, (language, religion, customs, history)
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Three Things Needed Creation of a hated or feared “Other” Creation of infrastructural support Creation of threat or actualization of violence/war
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Constructing a Nation Creation of hated and feared “Others”: those persons or groups who, by being somehow excluded or marginalized from the nation-state, accent those persons or groups who are more legitimate members. War Religion Racial classifications Empire building Marginalization of people based on their alleged geographic origins
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Constructing a Nation Creation of an infrastructure to integrate members into a common bureaucracy Imposition of a common language on its citizens Facilitation of travel Creation of a national media to disseminate information Creation of infrastructure for the collection of taxes and revenues Creation of a judicial system through which to maintain authority Requirement of military training Creation of a national educational system to train and socialize chilcren to be “good citizens.”
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Constructing a Nation The Use or threat of armed forces Killing is the ultimate tool of nation-states. The nation-state
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This note was uploaded on 05/15/2010 for the course ANT 302 taught by Professor Seriff during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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