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Fallen Walls and Fallen Towers: The Fate of the Nation in a Global World by [Redd, Adrienne]
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  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Nimble Books LLC (August 25, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 25, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040X4X8S
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In Fallen Walls and Fallen Towers, Adrienne Redd does a thorough job of exploring and putting forth the case to re-conceptualize the nation state in the 21st century. Specifically, Redd identifies seven properties of the nation state that need to evolve, four of which received higher prioritization in her work: sovereignty, boundedness, unity, and modernity. The data sources used are two-fold: (1) sixteen selected, and diverse, intellectuals (selected based on their imagining of the nation state in a "post-Westphalian way"); and (2) major global events covering past 62 years, and reflected in 555 texts, as published in three newspapers - the New York Times, the Jamaican Daily Gleaner, and the Times of India. This is an ambitious and courageous undertaking.

The concept of nation state is central to international politics where issues of sovereignty and interdependence, hegemony and balance of power, domestic and international politics, and the nature of power frame discussions. Authors such as Samuel P. Huntington (Political Order in Changing Societies), Stanley Hoffmann (Primacy or World Order : American Foreign Policy Since the Cold War) have taken a western (or even more narrow US) perspective on issues of the nation state with the former extending this further to a clash of civilization; while Nederveen Pieterse (
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In Fallen Walls and Fallen Towers, Adrienne Redd does a thorough job of exploring and putting forth the case to re-conceptualize the nation state in the 21st century. Specifically, Redd identifies seven properties of the nation state that need to evolve, four of which received higher prioritization in her work: sovereignty, boundedness, unity, and modernity. The data sources used are two-fold: (1) sixteen selected, and diverse, intellectuals (selected based on their imagining of the nation state in a "post-Westphalian way"); and (2) major global events covering past 62 years, and reflected in 555 texts, as published in three newspapers - the New York Times, the Jamaican Daily Gleaner, and the Times of India. This is an ambitious and courageous undertaking.

The concept of nation state is central to international politics where issues of sovereignty and interdependence, hegemony and balance of power, domestic and international politics, and the nature of power frame discussions. Authors such as Samuel P. Huntington (Political Order in Changing Society), Stanley Hoffmann (Primacy or World Order) have taken a western (or even more narrow US) perspective on issues of the nation state with the former extending this further to a clash of civilization; while Nederveen Pieterse (Globalization & Culture), although not focusing on the nation state, suggests hybridity as a way to better understand the multiplicities of cultures and identities (not just a Huntingtonian duality of us vs. them). In Fallen Walls, Redd's approach is fresh in the nature and diversity of the sources invoked, and the centrality of language to convey and shape reality and "help compel society's continued maturation" (p 194).
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This book creates new, refreshing and timely ways of looking at the Nation State. Author Redd is a clear thinker, who lays it all out on the line. Intelligent yet wholly accessible, this book is a must have.
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