Imagining Communities

Historical Reflections on the Process of Community Formation

Edited by Gemma Blok, Vincent Kuitenbrouwer and Claire Weeda

Imagining Communities

Edited by Gemma Blok, Vincent Kuitenbrouwer and Claire Weeda

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

256 pages | 25 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $110.00 ISBN: 9789462980037 Will Publish April 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In his groundbreaking Imagined Communities, first published in 1983, Benedict Anderson argued that members of a community experience a “deep, horizontal camaraderie.” Despite being strangers, members feel connected in a web of imagined experiences.
Yet while Anderson’s insights have been hugely influential, they remain abstract: it is difficult to imagine imagined communities. How do they evolve and how is membership constructed cognitively, socially and culturally? How do individuals and communities contribute to group formation through the act of imagining? And what is the glue that holds communities together?
Imagining Communities examines actual processes of experiencing the imagined community, exploring its emotive force in a number of case studies. Communal bonding is analyzed, offering concrete insights on where and by whom the nation (or social group) is imagined and the role of individuals therein. Offering eleven empirical case studies, ranging from the premodern to the modern age, this volume looks at and beyond the nation and includes regional as well as transnational communities as well.
 
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