The idea that societies equal nation-states, neat containers that can be closed off from outside threats, is powerful. The nationalist paradigm even has a hold over many critics of its politics.
Catalonia and Kurdistan are both holding referendums on independence this year. But is it that simple to break free?
People are unhappy with the current state of affairs – but this is happening despite globalisation, not because of it.
The right-wing press is using a particularly out of date ideology to link language change and immigration.
The rise of Islamic State and its declaration of the caliphate can be read as part of a wider story that has unfolded since the formation of modern nation states in the Muslim world.