Nationalism - POLS 100 Nationalism `The ideology of the...

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POLS 100 – Nationalism ‘The ideology of the nation-state” The Nation – refers to group identity and loyalty. Characteristics of ‘a nation’: 1) Race – shared membership in a group defined as different from others by virtue of its physical appearance, such as skin colour or facial appearance; 2) Language – shared use of language; 3) Culture – shared set of beliefs about social organization and correct behaviour that are different from those held by others; 4) History – a shared set of historical experiences; 5) Religion – a shared set of religious beliefs and/or practices different from those of others; and 6) Feeling of belonging and identification. The Importance of Culture? – What makes us Canadian? 1) Symbolic communications; 2) Norms – codes of social behaviour that influence people in both formal and informal contexts; 3) Values – culturally defined standards of beauty, goodness, and desirability; Many Americans assume that there is very little difference between their
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