Human Rights Review

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 183–186 | Cite as

Divided Nations and Political Membership in Contemporary Europe

  • Moritz Baumgärtel
Book Review Essay

Divided Nations and European Integrationby Tristan James Mabry, John McGarry, Margaret Moore, and Brendan O’Leary (eds.)

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012

Immigration, Islam, and the Politics of Belonging in Franceby Elaine R. Thomas

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012

Questions of “political membership” and nationalist mobilization, while certainly not neglected by scholarship, come sometimes across as both a hoary topic and a misguided and regrettable tendency. The books under review, though quite different in their structure and perspective, both seek to challenge this assumption through the detailed analysis of specific case studies. Dealing with “divided nations” and national “politics of belonging”, the works respectively draw attention to a theoretical blind spot and an unresolved theoretical question. Even more importantly, they focus on recent developments in Europe, illustrating the continuing relevance of “nations” and “nationalism” in a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Perelman Centre for Legal PhilosophyUniversité Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)BrusselsBelgium

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