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

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Author(s): Michael Leigh

Journal: International Journal of Multicultural Societies
ISSN 1817-4574

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 174;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: free movement of people | nationhood | national sovereignty | labour migration | regional integration | Asia migration

ABSTRACT
While many of the broader discussions of globalisation andregionalisation convey an air of inevitability, most neither advocatenor address the vexed issues raised by the free flow of people. Thereare various interrelated elements that help to explain theunwillingness to even broach this issue, the key one being the verybasis of nationhood, governance and how representative institutionshave been structured within the geographical boundaries of thenation-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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