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Title: Vernacular nations: Westphalia and the many lives of states in Asia
Authors: Singh, Prabhakar
Jindal Global Law School
Keywords: State Territory
Asian States
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2016
Publisher: Engage
Citation: Singh, Prabhakar. (2016). Vernacular Nations: Westphalia and the many lives of States in Asia. Economic & Political Weekly, Vol 51 No 25: 22-25
Abstract: Postcolonial Asia offers at least seven types of states and nations. In their somewhat uncritical pursuit of total nationalism, territorial Asian states compete with their archipelagic cousins. The sea gypsy nations--spread across the South China Sea and other East Asian states--reject the monopoly of land as the only inhabitable space, discounting territory as an essential constituent of a nation. Ironically, while history kept them outside the fold of the territorial states, the present attempts to co-opt them. Only by challenging, as the Asian sea gypsies do, land's claim to being the sole inhabitable territory within law, and rethinking the sea as a place of danger can we truly vernacularise our statist imaginations.
Description: Scopus Index
ISSN: 2349-8846
Appears in Collections:JGU Research Publications

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