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Lecture 3 and 4 - Lecture 3 and 4 Poli 222 Nationalism and...

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Lecture 3 and 4 : Poli 222 : Nationalism and Federalism in Canada Today and Tuesday to link together nationalism discussion and federalism Confederation and the definitions of nationalism and federalism 1867 stories : what it was all about? Sections of the Constitution Nationalism Nationalism : huge literature The concept of nationhood is a modern concept : identified by the later state with collective history. Nationalists justify the definition on the basis of long historical existence , use the discourse of ancestry , long continuing community. In many ways is contradictory. What is a nation? : The Paradox of nationalism : everybody uses the term , but that there is no scientific and objective definition about this concept. Issue similar to racism , but when you try to lock down what race is it gets problematic. Nationalism in this aspect is very similar. Nationalism exists but nations do not. Ernest Renan 1882 : famous for an essay “What is a nation”, a spiritual principle, a soul, one life lies in the past and one in the present. Juxtaposition of story linking the community of some past the feeling of nationalism has to be lived , delivered and conscious way in the present. It can’t be left unexplored . A political choice and it is a property of political community. Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Community” : a book he wrote. He wrote that a nation is fundamentally political community that is political and sovereign. It is an act of human imagination. Nation building is a process of creation , nations are not to be objectively understood, they are distinguished the ways they are imagined. Nations is no inherent authenticity – they are invented ( nations) Opportunity of adopting views of creation : allows the possibility of nations being not only imagined but also reImagined ( they can change) : the group of people can adopt new views how they see themselves , and some people can argue these imagination is fake not real etc. Defining boundaries who are we and who are we not! : this is dangerous. Fundamentally excluding some people : the process of excluding others or excluding who used to be among you or part of you in the new imagining : this is a contamination. There is always this danger that is inherent with this concept of imagining a nation. Different ways of imagining the nation predominant in Canadian history . To define a nation on / Two different theories Ethnic way : the boundary between US and THEM is about blood line , ancestry , ethnicity. Some nations use one of these principles more strongly than others . If you use ethnicity ( bloodline) as the definition of the boundary of a nation : that projects a theory of political loyalty. Links or identifies the political loyalty of each member of
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this community in a physically , biologically determined way. The primarily political loyalty is this physical loyalty. Civil/ ideological nationalism : the boundary between US and THEM what defines us
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Lecture 3 and 4 - Lecture 3 and 4 Poli 222 Nationalism and...

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