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In the article Just War and Extraterritoriality: The popular geopolitics of the  United States’ War on  Iraq as reflected in newspapers of the Arab world, the topic of how perspective affects the perception of war being just or unjust. Falah, Flint, and Mamadouh point out that the status of the United States as hegemon allowed the States to apply … Continue reading

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Colonialism and Civilizations

In The Clash of Civilizations? Samuel Huntington postulates that the next round of world confrontations won’t be based around national interests like territory, or ideologies like the Cold War between capitalism and communism, but between civilizations. Huntington uses the Yugoslav … Continue reading

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National Icons

In the article Places of Memory, Till describes the use of place in the building of a national memory, both by the state and citizens. Combined with Webster’s American Nationalism, the Flag and the Invasion of Iraq*, these two articles … Continue reading

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Nationalism and Regionalism

Chapter 7 explains how the understanding of the concept of a nation has changed over time, along with explaining nationalism and regionalism. There are three common perspectives used when viewing the concept of nations: primordial, ethno-symbalist, and modernist perspectives. The … Continue reading

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Identity politics

Painter and Jeffery start by defining identity as a composite of race, gender, class, and other identities, followed by some unknowns about identity. Is it static or changing? Objective or subjective? An active process or passively expressed? Identity is a … Continue reading

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Occupy; Neoliberalism

The first article, “The ‘Occupy’ Movement: Emerging Protest Forms and Contested Urban Spaces” by Judy Lubin, lays out the practice of occupying pseudo-public spaces as a form of protest. The Occupy Movement is a distinctly urban phenomenon, but with global … Continue reading

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Originally, I understood citizenship according to the “legal” framework offered in the reading, that laws, statutes and constitutions determine who gets citizenship handed to them, who doesn’t, and how those who don’t can earn it. The authors point out a … Continue reading

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