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nationalism

CHAPTER 1

Understandings of Nation and Nationalism


UNDERSTANDINGS OF NATION

Nation can be viewed as something found in the feelings and minds of people, an

internal connection to others

ethnic background

cultural values and beliefs

history

language and communication

religious or spiritual beliefs

geography

politics and citizenship


NATION AND NATION-STATE

Nation - usually a feeling or an internal connection

Nation-State - a more concrete, external concept

internationally recognized boundaries (common

legal beliefs)

politically organized body of people under a

sovereign government


CANADA

Nation-State

a belief in a democratic government

the protection of rights and freedoms

described in the Charter of Rights and

Freedom

a belief in the principles of a mixed economy


PAUSE AND REFLECT

Card Work

Brainstorm evidence supporting the idea that

nations are nation-states

Evidence to challenge that notion

we will bring it together to discuss


CRITERIA FOR ASSESSING

PERTINENT SOURCES

relevant

information based on personal experience and/or

knowledge

bias

bias supported by evidence and/or an informed

opinion


EXPLORE THE ISSUES

Step 1 - Consider your inquiry question

Are there alternative meanings to nation?

How is nation defined by the news media?

Step 2 - Assess your Sources

are they worthwhile and valuable


UNDERSTANDINGS OF

NATIONALISM

Nationalism is the collective, shared sense of

belonging of people who identify themselves as a

nation

Does nationalism bring anything particular to mind?

at times, it is membership in a nation that gives

meaning to and generates nationalism


CREATING A SENSE OF

NATIONALISM

What inspires your feelings of belonging to that

nation?

Commercials

Slogans

Colors

Badges


GEOGRAPHY

the land is a strong force in shaping our nations and

in creating a sense of nationalism

rural/urban divide

maybe associated with specific landscape, climate or

environment

‘refinery row’

Do you believe that territory is necessary for people

to feel a sense of belonging to a nation?


REFINERY ROW


TRANSPORTATION


LANGUAGE

How powerful is language to you?

How does it affect the way you think and act?


SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

How does your faith influence your worldview?

How does this affect our idea of what Canada could/

should look like?

How does SCA affect the way you think of Canada?

Does it create limitations or opportunities?


ETHNIC TIES

How does our understanding of ourselves influence

how we perceive others?

How is ethnicity defined?

How does your environment affect how you relate to

other groups of people throughout Canada and the

world?


ETHNICITY


CULTURE (1)

Culture is the unwritten way of knowing, being and

acting among the people of a nation based on their

shared traditions, beliefs, and values

Shared cultural experiences can shape a person’s

identity

Storytelling and oral traditions are an important

means of transmitting cultural beliefs and values


CULTURE (2)

Do you share cultural experiences related to food

with other people?

historical experiences, celebrations and

accomplishments

How does art (gallery) inspire nationalism?


HERITAGE DAYS


CITIZENSHIP

Citizenship refers to the membership and

participation of individuals in a political community

laws, charters, passports, and birth certificates

If you question the actions or ideals of your nationstate,

are you being disloyal and unpatriotic?

Patriotism is a love for a nation (nation-state) and

relates to pride in that nation’s culture and

achievements


QUESTIONING POWER


OBEYING AUTHORITY


HOW DOES PATRIOTISM

AFFECT NATIONALISM?

Us vs. Them Mentality

How does this affect

they way we think about

ourselves/others?

Why do we constantly

attempt to set ourselves

apart from others?


USVERSUSTHEM.ORG

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