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nature or nurture ?
There's so much more to nationalist study than that.
Or something. I wish I could remember books I read a few weeks ago...
is between the primordial and modernist schools, or rather the debate between Ernest Gellner and Anthony Smith.
Benedict Anderson is the winner though. Imagined communities ftw!
hobsbawm is where it's at.
"imagined communities" indeeed.. i mean what communities arent imagined?
That said, i quite liked anderson's ideas about the forms of association nationalism came to replace...
of my assessment of political music's effectiveness as a catalyst for societal change.
I love him.
I want to do a masters in Nationalism and Development. I haven't been able to actually find anywhere that offers this though yet. sadface.
at all in 'nationalism'.
all people subscribe to a culture (they may claim they subscribe to a religion, philosophy, set of morals, patriotism etc, which is actually a set of cultural rules, beliefs) -> culture is mainly taught to us in our childhood (from a sociological perspective in our 'secondary socialization') -> in large modern economies, mass education is needed -> we receive our 'culture' through this education -> the only organisation powerful enough and with enough resources to supply this mass education is the state -> thus, we are taught the culture of the state (nationalism).
courtesy of ernest gellner.
of course, an easier argument would probably be that the notion of 'nationalism' did not even exist until the 1870s, and so in no way could be nurture.
benedict anderson - immagined communities
ernest gellner - nations and nationalism
hobsbawm - nations and nationalism since 1780