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SEMINAR: Are we Postnational yet?

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Today's date is Thursday, December 02, 2021
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Academic debate about the anachronism of national borders has been common for some time. The general population, however, has been less keen to embrace such ideas. This paper considers some of the academic arguments, and then offers evidence from focus groups conducted across Australia, that indicates that in some quarters thinking beyond the nation is occurring. It argues that the ideology of the nation state remains extremely strong among the general population, who use a particular rhetorical device, ‘the principle/practical’ dichotomy, to attempt to shut down conversation about the possibility of moving beyond national borders to a state of postnationalism. However, it also offers evidence that some Australians are able to think past the taken-for-granted nationalism that this viewpoint represents, if not to consider alternatives, at least to recognise the arbitrariness of current practice. The paper considers the degree to which such arguments are acts of ‘banal anti-nationalism’ or indeed, postnationalism.
Speaker(s) Professor Farida Fozdar, Future Fellow in Anthropology & Sociology.
Location Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Room Social Sciences Building 2.29
Contact Richard Davis <[email protected]> : 6488 2847
Start Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:00
End Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:00
Submitted by Richard Davis <[email protected]>
Last Updated Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:20
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