Political Theory Essay by jesso

Political Theory
This paper looks at the extent to which the concept of a nation is an "imagined community". It debates whether our national identity is a figment of the imagination or an objective reality.
# 24006 | 2,150 words | 18 sources | MLA | 2002 | GB
Published on Apr 15, 2003 in Anthropology (Modern) , Political Science (Political Theory) , Sociology (Theory)

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By exploring the idea of a nation state as an 'imagined community' this study tackles the difficult issue of national identity. It explores the cultural characteristics that contribute to the boundary construction of collective ideologies - territory, race, language and others. Drawing from a wide range of sources, the paper considers how crucial the feelings and perceptions of nationalism are to the objective existence of the state.

From the Paper:

"Anyone can declare a nation into existence." (Beissinger 1988: 173). There are many different definitions of a "nation". This essay aims to weigh up Benedict Anderson's definition of a nation as an "imagined community" and explore its claims. Criticisms of subjective definitions are investigated, in a brave attempt to consider other perspectives. A "nation-state" is separate from the "nation" under discussion; it refers to a political set-up with appropriate institutions involved in governance over a spatially bounded territory and the policing of it.

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