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p. 273. The nation as social relationlocked

  • Steven Grosby

Abstract

‘The nation as social relation’ explores the social relation aspects of nation. Social relations can be thought of as ‘tools’ for nation building, but while tools have an objective physical form, the nation exists solely within the collective consciousness of individuals participating in traditions. These national traditions, and even the criteria of national membership, can change over time, meaning that the nation is only relatively stable, and is a product of competition between many different factors. Written law codes do not always result in a unifying law of the land, but they do increase legal stability, which increases the likelihood that national law will enter the nation's collective consciousness.

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