This title argues for an original, unorthodox conception of the relationship between globalization and contemporary nationalism. While the prevailing view holds that nationalism and globalization are clashing forces of opposition, Sabanadze establishes that these forces tend to become allied. Sabanadze acknowledges that nationalism does react against rising globalization and represents a form of resistance against globalizing influences, but the Basque and Georgian cases prove that globalization and nationalism can be complementary rather than contradictory tendencies. Nationalists have often served as promoters of globalization, seeking out globalizing influences and engaging with global actors out of their very nationalist interests. In the case of both Georgia and the Basque Country, there is little evidence to suggest the existence of any strong, politically organized nationalist opposition to globalization. On the contrary, a predominant relationship between globalization and nationalism appears to be that of complementarity and mutual support, where nationalism often promotes rather than resists globalization.
This work discusses why, on a broader scale, different forms of nationalism develop differing attitudes towards globalization and engage in different relationships.
Natalie Sabanadze is Political Adviser to the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) High Commissioner on National Minorities
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Nationalism Resurgent: Central Paradox of the Global Era? Chapter 3 Globalization Hypothesis and Its Fallacies Chapter 4 Globalization and Georgian Nationalism Chapter 5 Globalization and Basque Nationalism Chapter 6 Globalization and Nationalism: the Relationship Revisited Bibliography