The limits of tolerance: Nation-state building and what it means for minority groups
UNSPECIFIED. (2000) The limits of tolerance: Nation-state building and what it means for minority groups. PATTERNS OF PREJUDICE, 34 (2). pp. 19-40. ISSN 0031-322XFull text not available from this repository.
When we think of the most egregious forms of intolerance directed against minority communities we tend to associate them with particularly despicable regimes, such as Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia, where racism, ideology or some special route to development is often held to blame, or where ultra-nationalism swamps positive tendencies towards democracy and a civil society. In this essay Levene proposes a partial corrective to this view with reference to the supposedly 'good' nation-state derived from the western liberal model. He considers the behaviour of two such states at their inception, Poland and Israel, with regard to two minorities, Jews and Arabs, with the Jews providing linkage between the two state trajectories. Levene charts their respective rejections of bi-national or multinational development, and suggests that the fact that both states today maintain a modicum of tolerance towards their residual Jewish and Arab minorities is more the result of (paradoxical) good luck than of conscious, benevolent design. In conclusion Levene proposes that the very nature of the modern nation-state militates against genuine pluralistic tolerance, a goal that requires a massive structural re-ordering of contemporary society away from global economies to a sustainability of human scale.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
D History General and Old World
|Journal or Publication Title:||PATTERNS OF PREJUDICE|
|Publisher:||SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD|
|Official Date:||April 2000|
|Number of Pages:||22|
|Page Range:||pp. 19-40|
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