Imagined Communities Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism The full magnitude of Benedict Anderson s intellectual achievement is still being appreciated and debated Imagined Communities remains the most influential book on the origins of nationalism filling

  • Title: Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
  • Author: Benedict Anderson
  • ISBN: 9781784786755
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • The full magnitude of Benedict Anderson s intellectual achievement is still being appreciated and debated Imagined Communities remains the most influential book on the origins of nationalism, filling the vacuum that previously existed in the traditions of Western thought Cited often than any other single English language work in the human sciences, it is read aroundThe full magnitude of Benedict Anderson s intellectual achievement is still being appreciated and debated Imagined Communities remains the most influential book on the origins of nationalism, filling the vacuum that previously existed in the traditions of Western thought Cited often than any other single English language work in the human sciences, it is read around the world in than thirty translations.Written with exemplary clarity, this illuminating study traces the emergence of community as an idea to South America, rather than to nineteenth century Europe Later, this sense of belonging was formed and reformulated at every level, from high politics to popular culture, through print, literature, maps and museums Following the rise and conflict of nations and the decline of empires, Anderson draws on examples from South East Asia, Latin America and Europe s recent past to show how nationalism shaped the modern world.

    Imagined Communities Reflections on the Origin and Spread The recent rise of nationalism, as reflected by the vitriolic nature of national politics in many countries had inspired me to seek answers in Benjamin Anderson s seminal work The Imagined Communities was originally published in , and the current revised edition was released in This is the definitive text on the nationalism. Imagined Communities Reflections on the Origin and Spread Imagined Communities Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism Paperback May , by Benedict Anderson Author Visit s Benedict Anderson Page Find all the books, read about the author, and See search results for this author. Imagined Communities Imagined Communities Reflections on the Origin and Spread This is because all nations currently in existence derive their leg Imagined Communities Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, by Benedict Anderson is an interesting look at the development of the idea of Nationalism, and its close association to human conceptions of community and identity.

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    1. Benedict Anderson

      Benedict Richard O Gorman Anderson is Aaron L Binenkorb Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government Asian Studies at Cornell University, and is best known for his celebrated book Imagined Communities, first published in 1983 Anderson was born in Kunming, China, to James O Gorman Anderson and Veronica Beatrice Bigham, and in 1941 the family moved to California In 1957, Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Cambridge University, and he later earned a Ph.D from Cornell s Department of Government, where he studied modern Indonesia under the guidance of George Kahin He is the brother of historian Perry Anderson.

    499 thoughts on “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism”

    1. UPDATED Amazing how reading this for a different class brought out a totally different discussion The last class I read this for was called Uses of History in International Affairs, and we spent the majority of our time talking about history as an act history as narrative, history as an agenda, what someone might use these statements for We were essentially diplomats in discussion, preparing our strategy of attack against the other side s claims I don t think we discussed the validity of his cla [...]

    2. So the big idea here is that nations are limited and sovereign entities, with power over a limited territory, but also that they are imagined , or socially constructed through the print media This needs no real introduction, and most can get away with only reading the title and subtitle.Such a thesis no doubt appears quaint to some twenty years later, with electronic media surpassing dead trees and pulp non fiction It might be easy to dismiss the whole thing as obsolete, with the wonders of tech [...]

    3. One of my longstanding grievances with the public education system is its approach to geography The jigsaw of nations most children are taught comprise the world is essentially posited as something timeless and ineffable, while in reality are they all very historically recent not to mention ephemeral and in most cases pretty arbitrary Benedict Anderson does a great job of deconstructing nationalism not that hard , but much importantly rebuilding how national consciousness, imagined communities [...]

    4. Anderson has a good point about how language and the collapse of religious absolutism created nationalism but he fails on two points First his language is haughty and over the top, including references to obscure stuff I got most of them but others will be lost Second he fails to elaborate on other things that caused nationalism to rise, such as technology, revolution, ideology, and warfare Instead it is mostly presented as a matter of language and media Also whenever he steps out of the languag [...]

    5. A hugely influential work, first published in 1983, which delineates the processes by which the nation came to be imagined, and, once imagined, modelled, adapted and transformed Anderson is an expert on Southeast Asia, and thus manages very successfully to avoid a purely Euro centric view Another extremely successful aspect of this work is the structure each chapter ends with a succinct summary of its main ideas, a boon for those who need to take notes and revise what they ve read, or indeed for [...]

    6. Asserted as a Marxist text, Anderson attempts to revise readings of the development of nationalism in attempt to sort out the possibilities its offers for a Marxist agenda Most importantly, Anderson defines the nation as 1 sovereign, 2 limited, and 3 fraternal He sees the nation as a structural form of collective imagination that works to cohere through the rise of print capitalism specifically mass marketed news media and novels, but one could easily add photography to this list and the institu [...]

    7. Boy, am I glad to have finally read this Imagined Communities is the force behind much of the scholarship in the social sciences I find most interesting Seeing someone s name so often in brackets Anderson, 1983 makes you curious, and Anderson does not disappoint.For me, this is history at its most interesting incisive, global in scope, entertaining, and not overladen with facts Staying entirely within the purview and methodology of the discipline of history unlike, say, Guns, Germs, and Steel , [...]

    8. This is a very important, but difficult read Even though the author mentions that he did not want to introduce any academic lingo, it is still difficult to comprehend at times, and the academic structure is obvious It will truly make you think about history in a novel way once you do understand what is being described However, the chapter on the Map, Census and Museum was the hardest to comprehend Of course, the fact that so many themes in the book were hard to understand only goes to show how d [...]

    9. Since there has been a good deal of chattering about nationalism of late, it seemed a good time to finally examine this neglected long term resident on my bookshelves It is a tough slog through impenetrable Marxist jargon and apparent inside jokes Also, there are enough dense and eye strain inducing footnotes in my paperback copy to send David Foster Wallace weeping to his thesaurus collection And, in addition to untranslated French and German, there is, I am not making this up, untranslated Ind [...]

    10. Definitely an essential read , but did his style have to be so annoying Unjungled, Benedict Museumized Those aren t words Not cute, either Stop with the scare quotes, too, jeez And would you translate your goddamn lengthy French quotations GOD.

    11. On December 13, 2015, Indonesia expert and history scholar Benedict Anderson passed away in Malang Indonesia A lot of obituaries in his honor appeared in traditional press and online media When I read his life story, I was very impressed by his study of Indonesia esp regarding the 1965 incident, which led to him being banned from entering Indonesia for over 20 years and his abilities to speak so many languages His best known work is Imagined Communities, where he discusses the origins of nationa [...]

    12. What makes this text well worth reading are his intriguing examples and the methodical way he develops his highly original yet relatively straight forward argument What I found particularly useful were his marxist explanation for how print capital helped create conditions for a nation as an imagined community, his exposition of the fact that nationalism developed in the Americas before Europe, and the wonderful way he shows how colonial administration and education sowed the seeds of rebellion a [...]

    13. As the original text on nationalism as an idea, you would think that this would be a better read Indeed, the plethora of translations that the author catalogs in the Afterword written for this expanded edition, you would think it would be best thing on nationalism ever And while it does have a few great ideas, it is a barely developed, almost completely nonsensical book The first few chapters start out alright as he identifies native languages, bueracratic language requirements, and revolution i [...]

    14. A very impressive work on both a research and theoretical level The syntheses that Anderson generates manage to cut through hundreds of years of history and thousands of miles of geography to create a cohesive, cogent approach that, fairly uniquely among works of this sort, manages to privilege neither time nor space Well done.

    15. Argues clearly and poetically that identities are constructed through shared media Examines how newspapers and other media create a shared identity with people never met.Pros Excellent writing, clear argument, and historical evidence almost exclusively from the Spanish speaking world.

    16. After making an effort to summarise this book, I am not convinced that I can defend all of its arguments, which on balance must reflect on me rather than the book Apart from anything else, I am not prepared to put in the time I write a review quickly when I finish a book only to convey my immediate impression It is nicely written, very well organised and very credible I suspect, though, that it presents its arguments in a form that requires a lot of elaboration before they will convince a scepti [...]

    17. Patraukliu stiliumi para yta knyga apie nacionalizmo ir apskritai tautos id jos atsiradim Tais klausimais, kur ka k jau truput inojau, atrod , kad autorius labai supaprastina dalykus Tais klausimais, kuriais nieko ne inojau, atrod , pateikia nuostabi valg Bet pirmoji s lyga iek tiek trukd av tis antr ja Kita vertus, imant toki pla i tem apibendrinim ir supaprastinim nei vengsi, o id ja apie tautos s vokos k rim si domi.

    18. My professor promised that this would be an easy read, because of the apparently lucid language, but I cannot really claim the same The myriad of unknown references makes this far from an easy read Things are just said assuming the reader knows about everything that s being talked about.Imagined Communities is without doubt a seminal text Anderson tries to explain the idea of nations and nationalism and lays out various models to do so I don t want to say anything about this, because if I do, I [...]

    19. I first heard about Benedict Anderson s seminal study of nationalism, Imagined Communities, from a newspaper article in The Bangkok Post while on vacation in Thailand a few years back It s not such an unlikely place to hear about Anderson since it turns out that he is somewhat of an expert on SE Asian countries It seems that he has made his name studying Indonesia, but he has also published widely on Thailand and the Philippines including the intriguing title, In the Mirror Literature and Politi [...]

    20. What a cool book I m really turning around on my whole no non fiction bent Anderson s language is great and his themes are straightforward and shifted a few paradigms for me.The idea of imagined communities is one of those genius things that seems so obvious once it s been said Like a why didn t I think of that kind of deal It s also eloquently stated and supported throughout the rest of the text Nationalism is kind of weird to think about in this context Think about the kind of pressure it woul [...]

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