Communication and Culture | Current Topics in CMCL
C334 | 9663 | Soek-Fang Sim

What is a nation, as opposed to a state or ethnic community? Why does
the "nation" command so much of our identity? The nation, unlike the
state, is an entity that exists in the hearts and minds of its
citizens. Its longevity and legitimacy depend on its citizens
willingness and initiative to perpetuate and renew this "imagined"
bond on a daily basis, thereby "reproducing" or validating the
existence of the nation. Thinking of "nation" as a cultural product,
how is it produced (by the state), disseminated (by the media) and
consumed (by the citizens)?