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Potomac Books Chapter Title: STATES, NATIONS, NATIONALISM, AND NATIONAL UNITY Book Title: Building the Nation Book Subtitle: Missed Opportunities in Iraq and Afghanistan Book Author(s): HEATHER SELMA GREGG Published by: University of Nebraska Press; Potomac Books Stable URL: JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact [email protected] Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at University of Nebraska Press and Potomac Books are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Building the Nation This content downloaded from 86.59.13.237 on Mon, 20 Jul 2020 01:00:02 UTC All use subject to
2 STATES, NATIONS, NATIONALISM, AND NATIONAL UNITY The terms state and nation are frequently conflated in media and even academic literature. For example anthropologist Jack David Eller notes, “ Ethnic group and nation are often used syn- onymously, and nation and state are often used synonymously, which is not only empirically wrong but leads to the logical con- clusion that ethnic group is synonymous with state, which is absurd. In fact, not all ethnic groups are nations, but some are; not all ethnic groups or nations have or want states, but some do. Terminological sloppiness leads to muddled thinking and mental and political mistakes.” 1 Conflating nations and states, therefore, is not just a matter of academic importance; it also has practical implications for policy, especially initiatives aimed at “nation-building” in the post–September 11 security environ- ment. Any conversation on “nation-building” should begin with definitions so that the participants clearly understand what the policy goal should be in these initiatives. This chapter provides working definitions of the book’s key terms: states , nations , nationalism , and national unity . It begins by, first, highlighting key definitions of states, noting in partic- ular that states involve, at a minimum, legally recognized terri- tory and a population. However, healthy functioning states also include a form of government that provides some goods and services for its population in exchange for its loyalty and sup- port, what is known as the social contract. Healthy states also include civil society, independent associations that allow indi- viduals to organize for a variety of reasons and that help citi- This content downloaded from 86.59.13.237 on Mon, 20 Jul 2020 01:00:02 UTC All use subject to
STATES, NATIONS, NATIONALISM, AND NATIONAL UNITY 15 zens recognize their commonalities. The chapter then touches on debates surrounding definition of nations in the modern world, stressing that the term has gone through several trans-

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