“Localism, Globalism, and Cultural Identity” QA

“Localism, Globalism, and Cultural Identity” QA

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Roshni Sheth FLL 120-2D Mike Featherson’s “Localism, Globalism, and Cultural Identity” Q/A Q: How does defining a nation as a local community suggest that each nation has its own cultural identity? A: This chapter suggests that each local community has certain aspects of culture which people are born into. While discussing the culture of local communities, Featherson mentions the fact that they all have rituals, ceremonies, and collective memories, which are associated with a certain locale and are known by a large portion of its members. Similarly, it is possible to find certain ceremonial events and collective memories in each nation, creating a sort of national culture. Featherson explains that each nation-state encourages the creation of an “ethnic core.” or a sense of nationalism. This ideology can be represented with the actions of Soviet territories during the post-World War I era. Several regions that were part of the Russian Empire, such as
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Unformatted text preview: Poland, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania became their own nation states and gained independence. A significant reason for their desire for nation-hood was because of their differences from Russia in cultural ideas and ethnicity, making their loyalties to their nation states instead of Russia, even though they were part of the Russian Empire. Featherson also notes the example of Japan, who maintained restrictive barriers to keep out outsiders for centuries but have still managed to become an industrialized nation, while protecting their national identity. It can be argued that a group of people’s cultural identity can greatly be influenced by their level of nationalism and feelings of unity to members of their nation-state. Groups that have stronger levels of nationalism have a stronger sense of belonging to something, which helps them shape their cultural identity....
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