Self-Determination without Nationalism: A Theory of Postnational Sovereignty (Global Ethics and Politics)

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How do groupsOCobe they religious or ethnicOCoachieve sovereignty in a postnationalist world? In "Self-Determination without Nationalism," noted philosopher Omar Dahbour insists that the existing ethics of international relations, dominated by the rival notions of liberal nationalism and political cosmopolitanism, no longer suffice.

Dahbour notes that political communities are an ethically desirable and historically inevitable feature of collective life.a The ethical principles that govern them, howeverOCoespecially self-determination and sovereigntyOCorequire reformulation in light of globalization and the economic and environmental challenges of the twenty-first century.
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Arguing that nation-states violate the principle of self-determination, Dahbour then develops a detailed new theory of self-determination that he calls ecosovereignty.OCOa Ecosovereignty defines political community in a way that can protect and further the rights of indigenous peoples as well as the needs of ecological regions for a sustainable form of development and security from environmental destruction.
In the series Global Ethics and Politics, edited by Carol Gould.

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Omar Dahbour is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is affiliated with CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. He is the author of Illusion of the Peoples: A Critique of National Self-Determination and editor or coeditor of Democracy, States, and the Struggle for Global Justice, Philosophical Perspectives on National Identity, and The Nationalism Reader.

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"Self-Determination without Nationalism is a serious and novel contribution to the ongoing dialogue about 'globalization' among philosophers and political theorists.... There is much of great interest for readers in this book."-William L. McBride, Arthur G. Hansen Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University

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