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The imagined community is a concept coined by Benedict Anderson which states that a nation is a community socially constructed, which is to say imagined by the people who perceive themselves as part of that group.


An imaginary, or social imaginary is the set of values, institutions, laws, and symbols common to a particular social group and the corresponding society.


For Appadurai the imaginary is composed of five dimensions of global cultural flow: 1) ethnoscapes; 2) mediascapes; 3) technoscapes; 4) finanscapes; 5) ideoscapes.

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3tsu From: 3tsu Date: April 18th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
We talked about imagined communities and that book in my Sosc class on Wednesday in the context of Italian Fascism.

This isn't the first time I've recently learned/thought about your thoughtbits in my own life. It's really interesting how that kind of thing happens. Are you heading for Anthropology?
elena From: elena Date: April 18th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Intl Relations/Anthro Minor, possibly double major
akaneko From: akaneko Date: April 18th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
... are there human communities that aren't socially constructed? Granted, there are plenty of places in the world that people can't survive in very well without making communities of themselves, but it's not as though there isn't a leap of imagination in thinking of oneself as connected to anyone. (Fortunately, people are very imaginative.)

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nobodysomebody From: nobodysomebody Date: April 19th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Though the individual (by extreme definitions, anyway) is a social construct too, because as you say our survival depends on others - in any part of the world, a baby needs to be fed. Even in developed nations, our sustenance is dependant on wider social structures. As for psychological connection, synched up breathing & stuff can result in mass hallucination.

This all depends partly on your definition of "connected." I'd argue we're all connected because our individual existence is a function of wider interactions. So, like components in a machine.

Heh, had to go for the most depressing analogy.
radanax From: radanax Date: April 18th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
This stuff is awesome.
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