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fragmentation

noun; blending
The act of liberalizing trade among countries at the same time as establishing a stronger sense of unity among people from numerous origins Possible reason used: Most spatial metaphors don’t describe something moving in two directions at once. This word covers both the narrowing and widening of global government systems. There is separation of citizens into specialized areas but the governments move towards integration.
 
Nation-states have experienced fragmegration in recent years
Etymology : ‘fragment’(clipped to ‘fragme’) + ‘integration’(clipped to ‘gration’)
Source : International Relations textbook Understanding International Conflicts by Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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