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Cultural Norms In Relation To States Laws An interesting point to ponder is the extent to which cultural norms and laws play a part in the formation of states Are states merely thatcultural norms and laws and the effects of these two concepts To fully understand this issue we must look at a study on the formation of states and then test this theory by looking into the gender issues of marital infidelity labor and how property laws differ according to gender in relation to different cultures According to Smiths book modern states or states formed after the 1850s are divided into two categories One category is the Territorial Nation mostly Western countries and the other category is the Ethnic Nation mostly Eastern coutries The purpose and scope of this paper will focus on Smiths definition of the Territorial Nation Smith defines the Territorial nationstate as a state that has geographically bounded areas it has citizenship and to keep the state functional it must have some sort of legality and a sense of common culture The idea of having a geographically bounded area is self-explanatory in that it means that the state must have some sort of set boundaries that separate it from other nationstates and that help to maintain the inclusions of the states people Citizenship though relates to the solidarity of the people in their political and social participation in the workings of the state In conjunction to boundaries and citizenship a state must have laws and a common culture to ensure not only its formation but its success as well According to Smith a true nationstate is a combiantion of common culture and laws How much these two culture and laws interact is a question better answered by studying the gender issues of marital infidelity labor and how property laws differ because of gender Infidelity in particular is an issue which has been both formed and affected by cultural norms
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