Anderson and the Media. The strength of “imagined communities”

Enric Castelló


This is a brief note on Benedict Anderson’s influence and more
specifically, on his concept of ‘Imagined Communities’ and its impact
on the media. The author reviews the concept in relation to national
construction through the media, noting key reasons why Anderson’s
ideas either took hold or were passed over. The text pays tribute to
Anderson’s remarkable contribution to the theory of and ideas on
national identity and the sway held by culture and media in fostering
this identity.

Paraules clau

The Media, Imagined Community, Benedict Anderson, nationalism, national consciousness

Text complet:

59-63 (English)


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