Imagined Communities

The definitive, bestselling book on the origins of nationalism, and the processes that have shaped it. Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson’s brilliant book on nationalism, forged a new field of study when it first appeared in 1983.

Author: Benedict Anderson

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1844670864

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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The definitive, bestselling book on the origins and development of nationalism...


Imagined Communities

But if this is the case, how can we agree what a ‘nation’ is?

Author: Jason Xidias

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1351350552

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Benedict Anderson's 1983 masterpiece Imagined Communities is a ground-breaking analysis of the origins and meanings of "nations" and "nationalism." A book that helped reshape the field of nationalism studies, Imagined Communities also shows the critical thinking skills of interpretation and analysis working at their highest levels. One crucial aspect of Anderson's work involves the apparently simple act of defining precisely what we mean when we say 'nation' or 'nationalism' - an interpretative step that is vital to the analysis he proceeds to carry out. For Anderson, it is clear that nations are not 'natural;' as historians and anthropologists are well aware, nations as we understand them are a relatively modern phenomenon, dating back only as far as around 1500. But if this is the case, how can we agree what a 'nation' is? Anderson's proposed definition is that they are "imagined communities" - comprising groups of people who regard themselves as belonging to the same community, even if they have never met, and have nothing in common otherwise. The analysis that follows from this insight is all about examining and breaking down the historical processes that helped foster these communities - above all the birth of printing, and the development of capitalism. Brilliantly incisive, Anderson's analysis shows how good interpretative skills can form the foundations for compelling and original insight.

Beyond Imagined Communities

These essays began as a critique of the argument by Benedict Anderson's highly influential book Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism.

Author: Patterson Distinguished Term Professor of History John Charles Chasteen

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Category: History

Page: 252

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How did the nationalisms of Latin America's many countries -- elaborated in everything from history and fiction to cookery -- arise from their common backgrounds in the Spanish and Portuguese empires and their similar populations of mixed European, native, and African origins? Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, discards one answer and provides a rich collection of others. These essays began as a critique of the argument by Benedict Anderson's highly influential book Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Anderson traces Latin American nationalisms to local circulation of colonial newspapers and tours of duty of colonial administrators, but this book shows the limited validity of these arguments. Instead, Beyond Imagined Communities shows how more diverse cultural influences shaped Latin American nationalisms. Four historians examine social situations: François-Xavier Guerra studies various forms of political communication; Tulio Halperín Donghi, political parties; Sarah C. Chambers, the feminine world of salons; and Andrew Kirkendall, the institutions of higher education that trained the new administrators. Next, four critics examine production of cultural objects: Fernando Unzueta investigates novels; Sara Castro-Klarén, archeology and folklore; Gustavo Verdesio, suppression of unwanted archeological evidence; and Beatriz González Stephan, national literary histories and international expositions.

Imagined Communities

This forsakes any complexities inherent in the term community , in pursuit of the
rainbow - coloured melting pot . Imagined Communities presents a variety of
approaches to art production , from the figurative to the conceptual , in video ...

Author: Christian Boltanski

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 57

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Published to accompany National Touring Exhibition of the same name organised by the Hayward Gallery, London, in collaboration with Oldham Art Gallery.

Imagined Communities Constructing Collective Identities in Medieval Europe

Imagined Communities: Constructing Collective Identities in Medieval Europe offers a series of studies focusing on how perceptions of community, its shared history and imagined present, created a collective identity in medieval societies.

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004363793

Category: History

Page: 406

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Imagined Communities: Constructing Collective Identities in Medieval Europe offers a series of studies focusing on how perceptions of community, its shared history and imagined present, created a collective identity in medieval societies.


Imagining Religious Communities

One of the significant factors that narrative performances help to shape is the
process of living in a community that is not bounded by nation-states. Not only
can we apply Benedict Anderson's theories about imagined communities to
imagining ...

Author: Jennifer B. Saunders

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190941227

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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Imagining Religious Communities tells the story of the Gupta family through the personal and religious narratives they tell as they create and maintain their extended family and community across national borders. Based on ethnographic research, the book demonstrates the ways that transnational communities are involved in shaping their experiences through narrative performances. Jennifer B. Saunders demonstrates that narrative performances shape participants' social realities in multiple ways: they define identities, they create connections between community members living on opposite sides of national borders, and they help create new homes amidst increasing mobility. The narratives are religious and include epic narratives such as excerpts from the Ramayana as well as personal narratives with dharmic implications. Saunders' analysis combines scholarly understandings of the ways in which performances shape the contexts in which they are told, indigenous comprehension of the power that reciting certain narratives can have on those who hear them, and the theory that social imaginaries define new social realities through expressing the aspirations of communities. Imagining Religious Communities argues that this Hindu community's religious narrative performances significantly contribute to shaping their transnational lives.

Women s Life Writing and Imagined Communities

In a playful yet soul - searching demonstration of the make - up and influence of
cacophonous voices heard by the academic woman writer inscribing herself ,
Lynn Z. Bloom shows us how a writer composes her imagined community of
readers ...

Author: Cynthia Anne Huff

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415372206

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

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Recognising the great legacy of women's life writings, this book draws on a wealth of sources to critically examine the impact of these writings on our communities.

Imagined Communities and Educational Possibilities

Imagined Communities and Educational Possibilities focuses on three main themes: imaged communities expand the range of possible selves, technological advances in the last two decades have had a significant impact on what is possible to ...

Author: Yasuko Kanno

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0805895701

Category: Education

Page: 109

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Imagined Communities and Educational Possibilities focuses on three main themes: imaged communities expand the range of possible selves, technological advances in the last two decades have had a significant impact on what is possible to imagine, and imagination at even the most personal level is related to social ideologies and hegemonies. The diverse studies in this issue demonstrate convincingly that learners and teachers are capable of imagining the world as different from prevailing realities. Moreover, time and energy can be invested to strive for the realization of alternative visions of the future. Research in this special issue suggests that investment in such imagined communities offers intriguing possibilities for social and educational change.

Transatlantic Television Drama

IMAGINED. COMMUNITIES. TO. CONTACT. ZONES. American MOnOCulture in
TranSatlantic Fandoms LORI MORIMOTO In English-language scholarship on
media fandoms, lacking any indicators to the contrary, we tend to assume a
default ...

Author: Matt Hills

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019066312X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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"This collection explores the current wave of US/UK television dramas, focusing on industry strategies, performance styles, issues of 'quality,' and audience receptions. It covers key programs including Black Mirror, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Sherlock. Issues of national identity, streaming services, and transnational fan cultures are all explored"


Schools as Imagined Communities

This collection explores the extent to which collective notions of school-community relations have prevented citizens from speaking openly about the tensions created where schools are imagined as communities.

Author: S. Dorn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403982937

Category: Education

Page: 217

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Government forces mean the notion of a 'community' school has become less defined by decisions on core curriculum. This collection explores the extent to which collective notions of school-community relations have prevented citizens from speaking openly about the tensions created where schools are imagined as communities.

Film Festival Yearbook 2

Du site de l'éd.: The second volume in the Film Festival Yearbook series, brings together essays about festivals that use international cinema to mediate the creation of transnational "imagined communities.

Author: Dina Iordanova

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780956373014

Category: Film festivals

Page: 286

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The South Asian imagined Community in America

Chapter Three : A South Asian Imagined Community ? In this chapter I explore
the anthologies to examine if they addressed the issues and obstacles facing the
creation of an imagined community , focusing on class , religion , regional ...

Author: Nalini Lamba Nieves

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Page: 230

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A Re imagined Community

10 The Congress of Russia's Communities organized a demonstration against
the building of this Islamic Cultural Complex and incited the crowds with
exhortations that " Your children will be dismembered and roasted on skewers for
shish ...

Author: Meredith Lynn Roman

Publisher:

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Category: Discrimination in law enforcement

Page: 196

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Between Imagined Communities and Communities of Practice

Author: Nicolas Adell-Gombert

Publisher:

ISBN: 3863952057

Category: Communities of practice

Page: 315

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Community and participation have become central concepts in the nomination processes surrounding heritage, intersecting time and again with questions of territory. In this volume, anthropologists and legal scholars from France, Germany, Italy and the USA take up questions arising from these intertwined concerns from diverse perspectives: How and by whom were these concepts interpreted and re-interpreted, and what effects did they bring forth in their implementation? What impact was wielded by these terms, and what kinds of discursive formations did they bring forth? How do actors from local to national levels interpret these new components of the heritage regime, and how do actors within heritage-granting national and international bodies work it into their cultural and political agency? What is the role of experts and expertise, and when is scholarly knowledge expertise and when is it partisan? How do bureaucratic institutions translate the imperative of participation into concrete practices? Case studies from within and without the UNESCO matrix combine with essays probing larger concerns generated by the valuation and valorization of culture.