By Majid Tehranian
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The discussion that follows will focus on this problem and provides a background for looking at the current concerns expressed by Hawaiians as an indigenous people seeking justice by various means and through diverse channels. By viewing the Hawaiian case as a prototype for many similar communities elsewhere in the world, and thinking about the mechanisms of world order that might well be activated to facilitate the solution of these problems, we can move toward a way of thinking about the linkages between local ethnonational concerns and the global system within which such concerns need to be resolved.
P65 10 03/08/99, 12:56 THE MALODY OF MODERNITY: SOME REMEDIES to mobilize in support of political movements designed to change their status. The subjects of any oligocracy can choose between two contrasting positions: the first calls for liberalization of the constitutional barriers to citizenship so that subjects can become partners in the representative institutions of the state; the second calls for liberation so that subjects can establish their own sovereignty and representative institutions.
Far more importantly, we need to focus on the paramodern consequences of nationalism as manifested in the contemporary rise of ethnonationalism, that is, political movements by ethnic communities seeking to become a state and to gain formal recognition of their sovereignty. In order to understand why this has happened, however, we need to distinguish between state nationalism and ethnic nationalism. State nationalism is a forerunner of ethnic nationalism. It involves the creation of a sense of cultural homogeneity and national identity among the citizens of a state.