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A secret of nationalism

May 14, 2012

“[W]hat does it mean to be a part of a country and yet to be either stateless or living under different laws than most of its citizens? The idea of assimilation that is central to sentiments of national cohesion seems to hold within it a lie, that is, that some people are not allowed to assimilate and are designated as not assimilable. This seems like a given of colonialism, yet a secret of nationalism.”[1]

[1] Ranjana Khanna cited in 320 Clare Anderson (2010) ‘(Post) Colonialism, Citizenship and Domesticity: Intersectionality in Feminist Histories’ Journal of Women’s History, 22(4)Winter; 315-325

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