GOV 390L • Nationalism and Citizenship
12:30 PM-3:30 PM
This course will explore the association between the modern mass-democratic constitutional state and nationalism from the vantage point of political theory. It is principally concerned with debates in democratic theory about nationality as a source of political solidarity, and contemporary reformulations of the concept of citizenship in light of multiculturalism. We will discuss the work of theorists who embraced nationalism's potential for fostering civic solidarity, as well as advocates of cosmopolitanism, and others who believed multinational states were more conducive to liberty, as well as those who embraced it as an anti-colonial ideology. The course will also analyze contemporary debates among liberal, communitarian, socialist, and post-modernist political theorists about how to rethink traditional conceptions of citizenship in light of transnational migration and immigration, the existence of stateless people such as refugees and illegal aliens, and demands for minority group rights. While this is primarily a theory course there will be some discussion of empirical examples drawn primarily from Canada and Latin America.
Texts (tentative): Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism John Stuart Mill, Considerations on Representative Government Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract and Letter to the Government of Poland Immanuel Kant, To Perpetual Peace C. L. R. James, The Black Jacobins Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth Charles Taylor, The Politics of Recognition Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship James Tully, Strange Multiplicity: Constitutionalism in an Age of Diversity David Miller, On Nationality Iris Young, Inclusion and Democracy