By Ernest Gellner
Nationalism is likely one of the strongest forces within the glossy international, but it's strangely little studied and purely imperfectly understood, both by means of its adherents or its competitors. Its irruption into the trendy international is usually defined as a resurgence of primitive, atavistic instincts, or as a myth fostered via a number of theoreticians, politicians or propagandists. the current quantity translates nationalism when it comes to its social roots, which it locates in commercial social association. A society that goals for affluence and monetary progress, Professor Gellner argues, is dependent upon innovation, occupational mobility, mass media, common literacy, and schooling in a shared, normal idiom. Taken jointly those remodel the connection among tradition and the nation. The functioning of the society depends upon an all-embracing academic process, tied to at least one tradition and guarded by way of a nation pointed out with that tradition. the primary one country, one tradition makes itself felt, and political devices which don't comply with it suppose the tension within the type of nationalist job.
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Structures, goes hand in hand with the elimination of the saint cults which had ratified the mini-communal organization, and their replacement by a reformed individualist unitarian theology, which leaves the individual believer to relate himself, singly, to one God and one large, anonymous, mediation-free community - all of which is virtually the paradigm of the nationalist requirement. Other high cultures which make the transition need to pay the price of abandoning their erstwhile doctrinal underpinning and support.
Language and formal doctrinal belief seem less deep rooted and it is easier to shed them; but that cluster of intimate and pervasive values and attitudes which, in the agrarian age, are usually linked to religion (whether or not they are so incorporated in the official high theology of the faith in question) frequently have a limpet-like persistence, and continue to act as a diacritical mark for the populations which carry them. For instance, at the time when Algeria was legally counted as a part of France, the assimilation of Algerian migrant workers in France was not hampered by any physical, genetic difference between, say, a Kabyle and a southern French peasant.
If a high culture is not ready-made and available, or has already been taken over by a rival group, why then a low one is transformed into a high one. This is the age of the birth (or allegedly 'rebirth') of nations, and of the transmuting of low cultures into newly literate high ones. T h e next stage is different. It is no longer the case that an acute objective social discontent or a sharp social differentiation is seeking out any old cultural differentiation that may be to hand, and will use it if it can to create a new barrier, indeed eventually a new frontier.