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MIT21A_226F09_q06 - Mon Sept 28 2009 6 Questions on Eriksen...

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Mon. Sept. 28, 2009 6 Questions on Eriksen, “Nationalism” (97-120), and Harrison “Identity as Scarce Resource” 1. Eriksen says that I. M Lewis sees no reason for distinguishing between “tribes” “ethnic groups” and “nations,” since the difference appears to be one of size, not of structural composition or functioning. Do you agree? 2. What does ideology mean? 3. Eriksen refers to Benedict Anderson’s notion of the nation as “imagined community.” Discuss. 4. Many people are willing to die for their nation. “Nation” is an abstract notion—i.e., such nationalistic loyalty is not analogous to the idea of a maternal or paternal love so strong that a parent will put their child’s well-being way ahead of their own, making enormous sacrifices. Where does such strong loyalty to the nation come from, do you suppose? 5. Eriksen discusses rituals and symbols in connection with nationalism. List 5 symbols that have the power of creating loyalty and a feeling of belongingness to a nation (yours or another).
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