Building inclusive nations in the age of migration

Marco Antonsich (Editor), Elizabeth Mavroudi (Editor), Sabina Mihelj (Editor), Michael Billig, Nira Yuval-Davis, Eric Kaufmann, Jonathan Hearn, Line Nyhagen

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Nation and diversity are often casted in oppositional terms. The present joint-intervention explores the limits and possibilities of what we call ‘inclusive nation’, i.e. a nation which embraces rather than expunging diversity. To reflect on this idea, the Loughborough University Nationalism Network (LUNN) organized a symposium, bringing together both academics and relevant stakeholders, to explore both theoretically and practically the feasibility of the inclusive nation. For reason of space, here we present only the theoretical views of academics. While Billig and Yuval-Davis highlight the inherent exclusive thrust of nationalism, Kaufmann and Hearn suggest two distinct ways to move away the traditional understanding of nationalism as a site of singularity, oppression and exclusion. A final rejoinder by Nyhagen pushes the debate further interrogating the boundaries of national belonging.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIdentities: Global Studies in Culture and Power
Early online date6 Apr 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Apr 2016


  • nation
  • diversity
  • migration
  • belonging

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