Wk 11b nation state - This Week The Construction of a NationState When did the nation-state emerge as the predominant form of governance around the

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This Week: The Construction of a Nation- State When did the nation-state emerge as the predominant form of governance around the world? What is a nation? How are national identity and citizenship rights defined and institutionalized in nation-states?
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What is a Nation? Is it a place with a defined geographic boundary? Is it a people with a shared language, heritage and culture? Is it a form of political organization? What makes people love and die for their nation, as well as hate and kill in their name?
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Ernest Renan (1882) What is a Nation? A nation is a soul, a spiritual principle. Two things, which in truth are but one, constitute this soul or spiritual principle. One lies in the past, one in the present. One is the possession in common of a rich legacy of memories; the other is present-day consent, the desire to live together, the will to perpetuate the value of the heritage that one has received in an undivided form. A nation is therefore a large-scale solidarity, constituted by the feeling of the sacrifices that one has made in the past and of those that one is prepared to make in the future.
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Benedict Anderson: Imagined Communities 1983 "In an anthropological spirit, then, I propose the following definition of the nation: it is an imagined political community - - and imagined as both inherently limited and sovereign.”
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Benedict Anderson and Imagined Communities 1. Nations are invented 1. Nations are bounded territorial units 1. Nations are imagined as sovereign 1. Nations are imagined as one community of citizens 1. Nations rely on the construction of collective traditions
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Nation-states: Societies characterized by hierarchical rankings of people and centralized political control over
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2009 for the course ANT 302 taught by Professor Seriff during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Wk 11b nation state - This Week The Construction of a NationState When did the nation-state emerge as the predominant form of governance around the

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