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Nationalism, the Nation and Migration: Searching for Purity and Diversity

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This paper adds to debates on the double-edged and contested nature of nationalism and its relationships with migration and diaspora. It does this by focusing on the notion of purity and highlights the ways in which national identities can be based on homogenising constructions of the nation. In an age where the nation-state system and migration are both important and in which there are recurring politicised uses of nationalism in potentially extreme ways, the paper discusses how nationalism can be problematic. It calls for contextualised and grounded research on the everyday meanings of nationalism in order to emphasise the messy and often ambivalent nature of national identities. In this way, it argues that there is potential for 'rescuing nationalism' as a more inclusive, diverse notion.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Geography, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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