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The Song of the Nonaligned World: Transnational Identities and the Reinscription of Space in Late Capitalism

Essay Excerpt

To spell out the argument, I make extensive use of two examples of nonnational collectivities: the Nonaligned Movement (NAM) and the European Community (EC). The examination of imagined communities that transgress the spatial order of nation-states offers some important insights into nationalism. The section of this article that immediately follows offers an historical narrative of the Nonaligned Movement. After that, in a more comparative vein, I look at the differences between NAM, the EC, and nationalism. The third section pursues the question of nationalism in greater depth. Finally, the concluding section draws out some of the theoretical connections between space, place, identity, and the problematic of nationalism. (Gupta, 63-64)

About the Author

Akhil Gupta is an Indian-American anthropologist whose research has focused on the anthropology of the state and of development, as well as on postcolonialism. He is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include: Ethnography of information technology, the state and development, anthropology of food, environmental anthropology, space and place, history of anthropology, applied anthropology; India and South Asia.

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