Inviting essential outsiders in: imagining a cosmopolitan nation

Sutherland, Claire (2016) Inviting essential outsiders in: imagining a cosmopolitan nation. European Review of History, 23 (5-6). pp. 880-896. ISSN 1350-7486

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The article uses the archetype of a cosmopolitan, diasporic Jewish community to reassess the ‘imagined community’ of the nation. It takes as its starting point the notion of ‘Essential Outsiders’ mooted by Anthony Reid and Daniel Chirot in their so-titled, comparative study of Jewish and Chinese entrepreneurs in Europe and South-East Asia respectively. Drawing on Benedict Anderson’s methodological writings, the article discusses the possibility and desirability of such cross-cultural and continental comparisons. It uses work by Pheng Cheah, Heonik Kwon and Angharad Closs Stephens to examine the relationship between cosmopolitanism and nationalism, questioning whether this is indeed as antagonistic as it might first appear. Building on this analysis, the article explores alternatives to the bounded ‘imagined community’, of which ‘Essential Outsiders’ form a constituent part. The article considers new ways of thinking the nation using the guiding metaphor of ghosts and haunting. It asks: can the idea of Jews as ‘Essential Outsiders’ prompt the development of new models of national belonging for the twenty-first century?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nation, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, Vietnam, ghosts
Subjects: L200 Politics
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2019 13:17
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 17:17

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