DTS200Y1 Lecture Notes - Flag Of Brazil, Child Sponsorship, Auguste Comte
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DTS200 Lecture #4 October 2nd, 2012
- DO A DRAFT AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE TA- 3 parts of the essay which he is
looking for. (Methodological nationalism, imagined community, acultural modernity)
- Speaker even Oct 17: 3-5pm
- The short paper
o Due Oct 23rd
- The general arch of the class-->first case study
- Review geared towards the essay
o You know DTS200 is generally interested in understanding the world.
o Who are we in the world- this is what we are trying to discover
o Who we are as human especially in the western university this is framed by the modern
nation state (Methodological nationalism) we are trying to move to a different vision of
o 250 words: we want to cite 3 distinct readings in the essay. By citing we don’t need a big
block quote; you want to make reference to: Andersons imagined community, or
Charles Taylor acultural modernity. 3 references to three distinct readings that we have
done. DO NOT DO LESS, BUT YOU CAN DO MORE.
o How do we shift away from methodological nationalism and why?
C- intellectually adequate performance: basically get the idea
B- good performance- analytical ability
A- Exceptional performance- everything makes sense, everything is put
o Incorporate the readings and lectures. Make 3 distinct citations
- What we are trying to do?
o We already have basic coordinance- what is a Diaspora and the types of them, we are
moving to transnational today.
o When we move past mythological nationalism there is a scale and how to we measure
o In methodological nationalism the state is what is used up against all measurement
o But when we move past the nation what scale do we use? Here we have 8 (vocabulary)
scales to use.
o They are not fixed scales in the world. We already know that the nation is imagined, and
gained density through processes.
- Today we are really defining the 8 scales of analysis( do not put these in the essay)
- A nation imagined
o This term should show up in the essay somewhere
o When we say a nation is imagined what are we talking about?
o What do we mean by this?
There is a sense of unity even though we will never know everyone let’s say in
6 processes: language, news paper, currency, maps, museums, census.
(Anderson said these 6 things)
o What happens wan an isomorphic relationship between nation, place, and culture
Ex: Brazilian culture- this assumption rests on the assumptions that
representations in the social sciences are dependent upon images of break,
rupture, and disjunction.
Isomorphic can only be possible is we actually believe there can be a break
between countries- put this in essay
And this is a social imaginary
What occurred was methodological nationalism- that each nation could be
divided brightly with a big border. We would be shocked to find Brazilians
anywhere else other than Brazil.
o Methodological nationalism has 4 real consequences
1. What about those that inhabit the border?
2. What about diversity within a nation?
3. What about colonial and post
4. What about Diaspora?
o Diaspora refers to the relations between homelands and host nations from the
perspective of those who have moved whether voluntarily or not and to the lived
o The problem of it?
Because if modernity is about the systematisation about culture and land-
rationalizing the world, then Diaspora is an extinction of Diaspora.
Modernity as a process of systemisation (creating border-rationalizing the
world) than Diaspora continually emerges as people, culture, and communities
out of place. Therefore modernity is very important for understanding DTS.
Modernity as a whole.
o A move from traditional societies to societies organized around the processes of a
market industrial economy, secularization, democratization and urbanization
o Diaspora is a problem because modernity is about order and progress while Diaspora is
people out of place.