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Imagined communities and children’s literature

July 2, 2011

Referring to Benedict Anderson’s famous Imagined Communities, Susan Louise Stewart states that “Benedict Anderson defines the nation as ‘an imagined political community…. It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion’ (5-6, emphasis in original)…. Nation,” she continues in her own words, “as a concept resides in the hearts and minds of those who live in a particular place at a particular time. (p98)

Ref: Susan Louise Stewart (2008) ‘Beyond Borders: Reading ‘Other’ Places in Children’s Literature’ Children’s Literature in Education 39; 95-105

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