POL101Y1 Lecture Notes - Communitarianism

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Published on 17 Apr 2013
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UTSG
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Political Science
Course
POL101Y1
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POL101 NOTES FROM JANUARY 21ST, 2013
LECTURE: POTESTNT ETHICS
Nationalism: political organization is states and nation states states are set up, they defend the
culture and political interest of the group
State and nations should be congruent but there are minorities: basic liberal rights vs. collective
rights
Ex1: Israel: non-Jews have collective rights but disagree as a collective right (have less
rights)
Ex2: US and blacks: hardly any collective rights but the head of state can be black.
However not a nation states i.e. different to be an American in America rather than a
Jew in Israel because the definition of citizenship is different. Americans have political
loyalty which is not a cultural definition of a citizen.
How did the world get Nationalism: Nationalism is the ideology of the nation (used to believe). Now,
nations have common fate, history, culture, language as they try to impose culture.
Nations don’t exist in themselves but are created by nationalism (we feeling).
Why do we feel this?
Nationalism and Modernization: Europe consisted of high and low cult (monarchs vs. population).
Over time needed to communicate with one another (telephone) thus standardized language.
Gathered words and schooled people thus destroying locals and creating nations. This was a
project of the elites and product of all individual beliefs. Most times this failed and if your cult
was not chosen, you were disadvantaged. States were the vehicles for creating this.
Ex: Ukraine Hungary and Slovakia
Need state that served us thus nationalism creates nations. We did not have nations
before modernity. Cult language and the stories we tell ourselves.
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Nationalism: political organization is states and nation states states are set up, they defend the culture and political interest of the group. State and nations should be congruent but there are minorities: basic liberal rights vs. collective rights. Ex1: israel: non-jews have collective rights but disagree as a collective right (have less rights) Ex2: us and blacks: hardly any collective rights but the head of state can be black. However not a nation states i. e. different to be an american in america rather than a. Jew in israel because the definition of citizenship is different. Americans have political loyalty which is not a cultural definition of a citizen. How did the world get nationalism: nationalism is the ideology of the nation (used to believe). Now, nations have common fate, history, culture, language as they try to impose culture. Nations don"t exist in themselves but are created by nationalism (we feeling).

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