LTEA 142 Chapter Notes - Chapter 5: Sui Generis, Neurosis, Imagined Communities

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Final Readings: Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Benedict
Anderson
Concepts and definitions
Nation:
Theorists of nationalism:
The ojetie oderit of atios to the historias ee s. their
subjective antiquity in the eyes of nationalists
The formal universality of nationality as a sociocultural concept - in the
oder orld eeroe a, should, ill hae a atioalist, as he or
she has a geder - vs. the irremediable particularity of its concrete
aifestatios, suh that,  defiitio, Greek atioalit is sui geeris
The politial poer of atioaliss s. their philosophial poert ad
even incoherence.
In other words, unlike most other isms, nationalism has never produced its own grand
thinkers
This eptiess easil gies rise to a ertai odesesio
Nationalism: the pathology of modern developmental history, as inescapable as
eurosis i the idiidual, with much the same essential ambiguity attaching to it, a
similar built-in capacity for descent into dementia, rooted in the dilemmas of
helplessness thrust upon most of the world (the equivalent of infantilism for societies
and large incurable)
Author proposes definition of the nation: it is an imagined political community - and
imagined as both inherently limited and sovereign
It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of
their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives
the image of their communion
Gellner: nationalism is not the awakening of nations of self-consciousness: it invents
nations where they do not exist
Gellner is anxious to show that nationalism masquerades under false pretences
that he assiilates ietio to fariatio ad falsit, rather tha to
iagiig ad reatio.
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Final readings: imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism, benedict. The o(cid:271)je(cid:272)ti(cid:448)e (cid:373)oder(cid:374)it(cid:455) of (cid:374)atio(cid:374)s to the historia(cid:374)(cid:859)s e(cid:455)e (cid:448)s. their subjective antiquity in the eyes of nationalists. The (cid:858)politi(cid:272)al(cid:859) po(cid:449)er of (cid:374)atio(cid:374)alis(cid:373)s (cid:448)s. their philosophi(cid:272)al po(cid:448)ert(cid:455) a(cid:374)d even incoherence. In other words, unlike most other isms, nationalism has never produced its own grand thinkers. This (cid:858)e(cid:373)pti(cid:374)ess(cid:859) easil(cid:455) gi(cid:448)es rise to a (cid:272)ertai(cid:374) (cid:272)o(cid:374)des(cid:272)e(cid:374)sio(cid:374) Author proposes definition of the nation: it is an imagined political community - and imagined as both inherently limited and sovereign. It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion. Gellner: nationalism is not the awakening of nations of self-consciousness: it invents nations where they do not exist.

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