“Can such goodness be profitably discarded?” Benedict Anderson and the politics of nationalism.

Wollman, Howard and Spencer, Philip (2007) “Can such goodness be profitably discarded?” Benedict Anderson and the politics of nationalism. In: The Influence of Benedict Anderson. Merchiston Press, Edinburgh, pp. 1-20. ISBN 978-0-9553561-1-7

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Imagined Communities has been extraordinarily successful and one of the most (if not the most) influential books in the contemporary literature on nationalism. Anderson’s definition of the nation as an “imagined community” has become one of the most quoted and probably over-quoted phrases by both students and scholars alike. Closer scrutiny reveals a number of problems with the term and its deployment. Some of these paradoxes or contradictions have their roots, we
might suggest, in Anderson’s formation, personally, politically and academically. Factors at this level provide an essential context for the critical discussion of his work.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 978-0-9553561-1-7
Uncontrolled Keywords: Benedict Anderson; Nationalism; Viewpoint; Development; Personal environmental influences;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Library of Congress Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Item ID: 2231
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2008 10:57
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2012 11:09

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