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Demos and Nation

Misplacing the Dilemmas of the European Union--In Memory of Stanley Hoffmann

Charles S. Maier

federalism that the EU can provide and the virtually existential fulfillment that the nation-state offers. Their reasons, as this essay will explain, vary: Some claim a “democratic deficit” at the European level, although this institutional failing might be

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Making Friends of the Nations

Australian Interwar Magazines and Middlebrow Orientalism in the Pacific

Victoria Kuttainen and Sarah Galletly

the last ocean basin to open for travel while also expanding further into Melanesia and Asia, 1 the Pacific loomed large in the nation’s consciousness and print culture in real and imagined ways. These engagements increased understanding of the region

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Imagining nation

Women's rights and the transnational movement of Shan women in Thailand and Burma

Pinkaew Laungaramsri

This article explores the relationship between women, nation, nationalism, and transnational women’s practice through the Shan women’s movement in Thailand, particularly the international campaign to stop the systematic rape of Shan women by Burmese soldiers. Employing a feminist critique of nationalism, the article argues that transnational networks allow for the negotiation between national, local, and women’s identities. Whereas the authoritative power of nationalism continues to suppress and silence the transnational subjectivity of women, the Shan women’s movement represents a transnational attempt to contest the confinement of women’s subjectivities within the territorialized nation-state.

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A Fiction of the French Nation

The Émigré Novel, Nostalgia, and National Identity, 1797–1815

Mary Ashburn Miller

’s anxieties were perhaps more realistic than her father’s optimistic homecoming. As émigrés of the Revolution returned to France between 1800 and 1815, they encountered a changed nation: most of their belongings had been sold as a result of the 1793 law

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Emily Bent

gathered inside the United Nations (UN) to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child (IDG) with an event called Girls Speak Out ( GSO ), organized annually by the Working Group on Girls (WGG) and hosted by the Missions of Canada, Peru, and

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Healing the Nation

In Search of Unity through the Holy Spirit in Vanuatu

Annelin Eriksen

The rapid growth of new Pentecostal churches in the South West Pacific nation Vanuatu is the focus of this article. It is argued that we need to look at the social dimensions of new religious movements—the way that the social in itself becomes the key to a transformed life—in order to gain an understanding of these movements' significance and proliferation in this area. This does not imply that the religious in its ontological sense is not important, but that this might be inseparable from the social—the rules and regulations, the activities and meetings. In order to highlight this dimension of the new churches, the literature on the cargo movements from Melanesia is used as a comparative background.

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Marrying into the Nation

Immigrant Bachelors, French Bureaucrats, and the Conjugal Politics of Naturalization in the Third Republic

Nimisha Barton

Revolution, too, revolutionaries sought to remake private life and took aim at bachelors, deemed unruly, self-indulgent, and unwilling to contribute to the greater social good of the new nation. 3 Anti-bachelor sentiment reached its apogee in the frightful

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Land, Nation and Tourist

Moral Reckoning in Post-GFC Iceland

Mary Hawkins and Helena Onnudottir

present in the form of place names, personal names, lineages and a shared set of values and dispositions that link Icelanders to each other and to their land, and underpin their idea of their nation. These dispositions and values form, according to Fassin

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Class versus Nation

A History of Richard Turner’s Eclipse and Resurgence

Ian Macqueen

attempted to use reasoned persuasion to compel change in a racist South African society ( Saunders 1988 ). This position evidently failed to account for ‘the nation’ as a potentially more potent mobiliser of people. Turner’s avoidance of nationalism, however

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Sacred Journey to a Nation

The Construction of a Shrine in Postwar Kosovo

Anna Di Lellio and Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers

The site of an infamous Serb massacre of a militant Albanian extended family in March 1998 has become the most prominent sacred shrine in postwar Kosovo attracting thousands of Albanian visitors. Inspired by Smith's (2003) 'territorialization of memory' as a sacred source of national identity and MacCannell's (1999 [1976]) five-stage model of 'sight sacralization', this article traces the site's sacred memorial topography, its construction process, its social and material reproductions, and adds a sixth stage to the interpretation - the 'political reproduction'. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, the commemorative literature emanating from this shrine and on numerous interviews with core protagonists (including former guerrilla) and visitors, the article explores the ways in which the religious themes of martyrdom and sacrifice, as well as traditionalist ideals of solidarity and militancy, are embodied at the site and give sense to a nation-wide celebration of ethno-national resistance, solidarity and independence.