In Blood and Belonging, Ignatieff makes a thorough examination of why blood ties–inplaces as diverse as Yugoslavia, Kurdistan, Northern Ireland, Quebec. Ignatieff, well-known in British TV as the smooth host of cerebral talk shows and political documentaries, takes on what he calls the rising tide of. The author of the book travels on what he terms “the six journeys.” On these ” journeys” he encounters different cultures, as he travels to six different.

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Although Blood and Belonging is a work of journalism rather than an academic thesis, the discussion would have been strengthened had the theories and scholarly contributions sparsely mentioned been more properly referenced. It cannot be repeated too often that these people were neighbors, friends, and spouses, not ,ichael of different ethnic planets. Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team https: With its susceptibility to race hatred, the second appears to be exploding in a world no longer stabilized by an imperial order that once held local nationalists in check.

Critique: Blood and Belonging, by Michael Ignatieff

Open Preview See a Problem? Parts of southern Serbia, central Bosnia, and western Hercegovina were so poor that it was not clear how ordinary people survived at all. The first kind, ethnic nationalism, is based on the idea that the strongest bond within a people will always be the one of the blood. The questions of why people need to retain a cultural identity and the way ,ichael go about blonging it is still unanswerable. If the government is illegitimate, then ideally nationalism steps in to demand a completely self-determined government, which renders proper representation to its populace.

This book was published a long ways back, but I picked up a copy to see how prescient Michael Ignatief was. France has adopted internal policies to control the growth of Islam by limiting both social expressions of that faith and by specific immigration procedures.


Both countries are now leaning toward compromise rather than a holy war. Much of the book reads in a way that assumes a knowledge of the theory of nationalism — Gellner, Anderson, Hobsbawm — but it’s not necessary to have read those guys to read it.

Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism

That fact given, the present book’s strength is that it follows a highly personal itinerary through places the author himself has either lived in or has a vested personal interest in. Ignatieff describes three definitions: Arguments are eloquently made using the lived experiences of people whose lives have micharl affected by nationalism, from Croatia, Quebec, Kurdistan etc.

He writes more for the sound of these words, than for their meanings.

What makes it all the more remarkable that he does not show any understanding on the correct meaning of such terms as “state” and “nation” is that he makes reference to the British historian Hugh Seton-Watson, the author of an excellent essay on the correct meaning of these very terms. As a parliamentary democracy, it has a political culture in which igjatieff demands can be conciliated by argument rather than repressed by force.

Other people besides Canadians should be concerned if Canada dies. In Blood and BelongingIgnatieff makes a thorough examination of why blood ties–inplaces as diverse as Yugoslavia, Kurdistan, Northern Ireland, Quebec, Germany, and the former Soviet republics–may be the definitive factor in international relation today. A Serb is someone who is not a Croat.

Ignatieff then goes on to stress the two kinds of nationalism that he encountered. His intent was to objectively take the reader on a stroll through the areas he visited.

An outsider is struck, not by the differences between Serbs and Croats, but by how similar they seem to be.

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Blood and Belonging: Journeys Into the New Nationalism – Michael Ignatieff – Google Books

Being michhael is something that ethnic nationalism does not allow. Unfortunately, his attempts to answer his own questions consist of a jumble of musings.

Quotes from Sangre y pertenen His points in Ukraine are especially relevant, given how ethnic nationalism has torn that region apart since this This book was published a long ways back, but I picked up a copy to see how prescient Michael Ignatief was. Mar 17, Amhare Gilo added it. At the beginning of the book mentions that he is a liberal.

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He called this effect the narcissism of minor difference. Dunn rated it really liked it Shelves: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. In fact, the protagonists were kept apart for much of their past, in separate empires and kingdoms. However, the foundations of their society are religions, to be specific Islam and Judism.

The book explores the idea of nationalism and nationhood, which should not be assumed synonymous with statehood. Some chapters are better than others but his conclusions will make you think and ignatleff the recent rise of nationalist extremists, this is worth your time. The question has its roots and answers in the recent reunification of Germany.

My father, like the other diplomats, came to gossip and take the waters. Want to Read saving….