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Deconstructing the ‘Nation’ for the 21 st Century through a Critical Reading of the Parliamentary Assembly’s Recommendation 1735 (2006)

Deconstructing the ‘Nation’ for the 21 st Century through a Critical Reading of the Parliamentary... Tove H. Malloy* Each human society is an infinitely complex and dynamic structure of ideas. The health of a society, its degree of well being, is determined by the ideas which take actual effect in the process of its day-to-day self-constituting as a society. To reform or redeem a society is to change those determining ideas. Our quality of life is a function of the quality of our ideas. Philip Allott 1 I. Introduction To define a concept is a precarious matter, and the concept of a nation is no exception. A definition refers to a finite, precise delineation of a phenomenon, and a concept is an idea, a representation of a phenomenon, or a creative thought. Moreover, a definition requires distinctiveness, interpretation, explanation and clarity, whereas conceptualization involves imagination. To define the idea of a nation is therefore like aiming at a moving target: even with a combination of vision, skills, judgement, control and a good deal of experience fully synchronised, there is little likelihood that your focus will provide a successful result. However, the idea of the nation has been a powerful socio-political tool throughout modern times, and perhaps earlier, and our knowledge of the many http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Deconstructing the ‘Nation’ for the 21 st Century through a Critical Reading of the Parliamentary Assembly’s Recommendation 1735 (2006)

European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online , Volume 5 (1): 161 – Jan 1, 2005

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Brill
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Copyright 2007 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1570-7865
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2211-6117
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Tove H. Malloy* Each human society is an infinitely complex and dynamic structure of ideas. The health of a society, its degree of well being, is determined by the ideas which take actual effect in the process of its day-to-day self-constituting as a society. To reform or redeem a society is to change those determining ideas. Our quality of life is a function of the quality of our ideas. Philip Allott 1 I. Introduction To define a concept is a precarious matter, and the concept of a nation is no exception. A definition refers to a finite, precise delineation of a phenomenon, and a concept is an idea, a representation of a phenomenon, or a creative thought. Moreover, a definition requires distinctiveness, interpretation, explanation and clarity, whereas conceptualization involves imagination. To define the idea of a nation is therefore like aiming at a moving target: even with a combination of vision, skills, judgement, control and a good deal of experience fully synchronised, there is little likelihood that your focus will provide a successful result. However, the idea of the nation has been a powerful socio-political tool throughout modern times, and perhaps earlier, and our knowledge of the many

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Published: Jan 1, 2005

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