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Benedict Anderson

Benedict Anderson  

(1936–)BritishMarxist scholar specializing in South East Asian studies who came into prominence for his groundbreaking work on the origins of nationalism, Imagined Communities (1983). A regular ...
common sense

common sense  

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In early modern writing (e.g. Descartes) the faculty responsible for coordinating the deliveries of the different senses. In this meaning the objects of common sense are the ‘common sensibles’, i.e. ...
conversational currency

conversational currency  

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*Social and textual knowledge likely to be shared by many members of a culture which offers common ground for social conversations, in particular material drawn from the mass media, such as ‘*iconic’ ...
cultural literacy

cultural literacy  

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1. A culturally conservative conception of what everyone within a culture ought to know (particularly about that culture), typically including a knowledge of canonical works of high culture (see ...
epistemic Communities

epistemic Communities  

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Compare imagined community; interpretive community; virtual community.1. A group of people with shared knowledge, expertise, beliefs, or ways of looking at the world: for example, ‘the scientific ...
imagined community

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Dictionary of the Social Sciences

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2002
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Social sciences
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Benedict Anderson's term for large communities (quintessentially nations) in which the collective social bond must be imagined rather than

information society

information society  

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A concept that responds to the expansion and ubiquity of information. The term has been in use since the 1970s, but has gained in popularity and is now widely used in social and political policy. ...
interpellation

interpellation  

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Althusser's term to describe a mechanism whereby the human subject is ‘constituted’ (constructed) by pre-given structures (a structuralist stance). By being named or ‘hailed’ as a member of a group, ...
interpretive community

interpretive community  

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A term introduced by Fish to refer to both writers and readers of particular genres of texts (but which can be used more widely to refer to those who share any code). Kuhn used the term ‘textual ...
jetztzeit

jetztzeit  

Walter Benjamin uses this term in his ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’ to describe a notion of time that is ripe with revolutionary possibility, time that has been detached from the continuum of ...
myth

myth  

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A traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.
national identity

national identity  

The public image of an imagined community (Weber called it a ‘community of sentiment’), projecting an illusion of unity reflected symbolically in a flag, a national anthem, and distinctive rituals, ...
public service broadcasting

public service broadcasting  

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Any broadcasting regime with the ideal of giving priority to the interests of the general public rather than commercial interests, often framed as giving the public what it needs rather than what it ...
ritual model

ritual model  

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A metaphor for the primary function of the mass media as the representation or celebration of shared understandings, values, and beliefs. It is based on a conceptualization of communication by the ...
social utility function

social utility function  

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In relation to general types of use by individuals of the mass media, a single medium, a media genre, or specific media content, this is usage which strengthens our contact with others in our ...
socialization function

socialization function  

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One of the roles that the mass media, a particular medium, or specific kinds of media content, are seen as playing from the perspective of society (macro-level functions): in this case, the ...
television culture

television culture  

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Compare film culture.1. The sociocultural functions of the medium of television: especially, its contribution to socialization through circulating shared imagery, frameworks, and norms (see also ...
virtual community

virtual community  

A group of network users who are linked by some specific area of interest such as genealogy. A variety of technologies are used to link members of such communities together including emails, bulletin ...

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