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The Empowered SelfLaw and Society in the Age of Individualism$
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Thomas Franck

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248094

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248094.001.0001

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Tribe, Nation, State: Traditional Forms of Imposed Identity

Tribe, Nation, State: Traditional Forms of Imposed Identity

(p.1) 1 Tribe, Nation, State: Traditional Forms of Imposed Identity
The Empowered Self


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Every day seems to bring new evidence demonstrating that the world is in a deep crisis of militant nationalisms. This book argues that these events, however horrific, disguise a deeper reality: nationalism is in retreat and no longer enjoys an exclusive licence to define personal identity. For various reasons examined in ensuing chapters, individualism has emerged, at the end of the 20th century, as an increasingly preferred alternative to self-definition imposed by nationalism's genetic and territorial imperatives. The individualist is an authentically modern phenomenon: a person who sets out to choose the components of his or her own, unique identity.

Keywords:   identity, nation, state, nationalism, individualism, self, self-definition

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