The Contested Basis of Nationhood: Key Issues when Analysing Labour Flows in Southeast Asia

Michael Leigh

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While many of the broader discussions of globalisation and regionalisation convey an air of inevitability, most neither advocate nor address the vexed issues raised by the free flow of people. There are various interrelated elements that help to explain the unwillingness to even broach this issue, the key one being the very basis of nationhood, governance and how representative institutions have been structured within the geographical boundaries of the nation-state. This paper tentatively explores the relationships between globalisation/regional integration, nationhood and the different sources of sovereignty and legitimacy. Specifically, I consider the role of labour flows, and how these constrain the process of regional integration.

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Leigh, Michael. The Contested Basis of Nationhood: Key Issues when Analysing Labour Flows in Southeast Asia. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2007, vol.9, no.2, pp.174-184. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol9/issue2/art3

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