The National and Plurinational Community: Necessary and Impossible
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Traditional renditions of the idea of community have faced many new critiques in the face of our increasingly globalized world that has come to be organized into national communities, or nation-states. Following a transdisciplinary and critical approach I intend to address the problem by asking: ‘How does a diverse group of people, in a world in which uniformity offers legitimacy to the nation-state, become a community? How can diversity can be overcome or even become itself the common ground that holds together a community?’ These theoretical questions will lead me to inquire the idea of plurinationalism, which attempts to tie together various national identities into one community of citizens of the same nation-state. This research will seek to form a connection between the idea of plurinationalism and the concept of the national community. Given the idea that the congruence with a cultural community is what gives legitimacy to the political unit, what kind of legitimacy can come from a community that defines itself as plural? Can pluralism be the basis and the glue for a wider community explicitly imagined to support/legitimize the existence of a state? Can the idea of plurinationalism help solve the inherent contradictions created by communities?
principle of nationalism
Burnham, Rebekah Jordan (2019). The National and Plurinational Community: Necessary and Impossible. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from
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