Ethnic Identity and the Nation–State in the Era of Globalization: the Case of Cyprus

  • Andreas TheophanousEmail author


This paper addresses the philosophical question whether the nation–state will be entering a final phase of demise or whether it will continue to prosper within the framework of the era of regional blocs and globalization. In order to do so, we briefly put forward some theoretical premises in relation to the nation–state and globalization and how they have affected each other. This discussion also draws from the recent experiences of the international economic crisis and how the EU reacted in relation to the serious economic crisis of Greece. We also assess the case of Cyprus within the framework of this discussion. The question raised in relation to Cyprus is whether there can be an integrated society that encourages a particular common value system and also respects the ethnic identity of citizens and communities. A major question is whether the EU can offer the framework for such an outcome.


Ethnic identity Nation–State Globalization Cyprus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus

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