The Nation-State As Failure: Nationalism and Mobility, in India and Elsewhere

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Human beings make a life for themselves between the earth and the sky. In the Middle Ages we split our allegiance between the two, but since industrialization in the nineteenth-century, the nation-state has claimed a monopoly on both. This worked as long as mobility was restricted and migrants could be controlled. Today this is no longer the case. This is why the nation-state fails. Critics of industrial society always knew as much. In this paper we discuss the case of India as reflected in the writings of G.K. Chesterton and Mohandas Gandhi.


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  • nation-state, failure, India, Mohandas Gandhi, G. K. Chesterton
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
Publication statusUnpublished - 2016 May 19
Publication categoryResearch

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