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Harrison - Chapter 05

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In a seminal argument, Handler shows how nationalism is connected intimately to Western conceptions of personhood: specifically, to an ideology which, following Macpherson (1962), he calls 'possessive individualism'. This ideology represents persons as bounded, unique and autonomous entities that define themselves through the things they create and own. A 'nation' is, in effect, an imagined individual of precisely this sort writ large. The proof that a people are a nation is conceived to lie, above all, in their visible possession of a distinctive 'culture' of their own creation, demonstrating their national identity (Handler 1988: 192). Ethnic and national differences, then, are purported contrasts between such conceptually objectified cultural repertoires, and between the social groups which identify with them or are identified with them by others. Introduction In a seminal argument, Handler shows how nationalism is connected intimately to Western conceptions of personhood: specifically, to an ideology which, following Macpherson (1962), he calls 'possessive individualism'. This ideology
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