Relationship Between Nationalism And Nation State

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Nationalism and nation state Nationalism is a primary political theory which argues that there should be some corresponding and a relationship between the state and politics. Gellner, (2006:44) posits that the relationship between state and politics is inevitable and it is necessary especially in contemporary international political economy for it contributes to development of community. One can therefore argue that the corresponding relationship of the state and markets can also be called state homogenisation of the masses. As a result of homogenisation is contemporary international political economy has led to the uniformity of cultures hence globalisation comes into play. The society is divided into three categories according to Smith (1996), these are the hunter gather society, the agro-literate-society and the modern society. In the early years nationalism could not spread because the societies were too small. However, in contemporary societies they are big and characterised by literate individuals and more developed societies helping in the spreading of ideas and nationalism. Therefore, nationalism in itself is a new form of social structure which formulates nations were they do not exist. Nonetheless, the relationship of states and politics is complex. Stargadt (1996) puts it that the relationship that is found between states, cultures and politics is irreversible and ongoing. Nationalism rose due to the movement of people through borders in search of a better
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