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(1994) Phenomenology of the cultural disciplines, Dordrecht, Springer.

Cultural logics and the search for national identities

Algis Mickunas

pp. 147-170

The current appearance of the search for national identities may be understood in contexts of broader cultural structures. One such structure is Western Modernity, and provides a background which plays a multiple role in the search for identity: in its secular form it provides an opposition to national/ethnic groups of specific religious type; in its technical form it provides means for economic transformation or military enhancement; in its homogenizing universality, it sets a tone for postmodern movements and anti-modern oppositions; in its individuating form it becomes an attraction for freedom and liberation. This essay explores the relationships of Western modernity to various nationalistic and ethnic movements and, in a final analysis, raises a question concerning the constitution of nationality

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DOI: 10.1007/978-0-585-28556-6_7

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(1994)., Cultural logics and the search for national identities, in M. Daniel & L. Embree (eds.), Phenomenology of the cultural disciplines, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 147-170.

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