Contemporary Asian Studies Final Exam Essay
In Anderson’s text, the comment made by Ernest Gellner defines the important difference between the falsity of the national identity in contrast with the “imagined’ national identity in terms of creating a nation state. After the comment made by Gellner is critically evaluated on the semantics of nationalism in regards to the issue of nationality as a being a false basis for nationalism, yet within Anderson’s own critique of this identity as a form of creative expression of “style” that forms this basis for nationalism:
In this way he implies that ‘true’ communities exist which can be advantageously juxtaposed to nations. Communities are to be distinguished, not by their falsity/genuineness, but by the style in which they are imagined .
In this manner, Anderson is re-defining the perceived ulterior motives of national identity that Gellner assumes is a “false” or “true” identity, which is then deferred in favor of a less dualistic and judgmental view of national-state identity that emerges as a creative process. This view of the formation of national identity removes the source of nationalism as a conscious act in which an individual or group made a specific choice about this cultural process. Certainly, Anderson reveals the process in which national identity is formed over a long period of time and through a slow and gradual creative process in the formation of nationalism.
On example used by Anderson to describe…