Friday, December 4, 2009


In this week's readings, we were introduced to various aspects of nationalism. The four aspects were nationalism, internationalism, transnationalism, and postnationalism. The readings of this week were really interesting and brought back a lot of interesting memories from the beginning of the course. I was highly intrigued by Mohammed A Bamyeh's essay entitled Postnationalism.

Bamyeh's essay describes and argues the idea of the reduction in the cultural occupancy within a nation. The three common features of a postnational culture are very important to the specific nation at hand. Postnationalism describes the process or trend by which nation states and national identities lose their importance relative to supranational and global entities. There are several factors that contribute to aspects of postnationalism, including economic, political, and cultural elements.

Postnationalism occurs in the Americas, Europe, as well as in the media and in sports. In economic terms there are factors that increase globalnationalism. For example, the expansion of international trade with raw materials, manufactured goods, and services, and the importance of multinational corporations and internationalization of financial markets. Political power wthin these unions include the United Nations, European Union, the North American Free trade Afreement, and the NATO.

My idea of the nationalism idea is that it is important for someone to have strong feelings for the Nation for the one they live. Recently, President Barack Obama just approved the sending of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. I believe that this transition is a test of nationalism for the United States and other countries involved. I believe that the United States congress should be forced to urge one family member to join the armed forces and fight for the country. I say that because they are the ones who vote for the bill to be passed, thus, I feel that they should be forced to fight because they want the war. I am proud to be an American, however, it isn't fair for those who are sent to war.

God Bless America!

-Shaquel Smith


  1. Oops, wrong country that we invaded...I know, it can be hard to keep them all straight. The President is sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Is this really a test of nationalism, though? Did this news stir anyone with national pride or with a stirring of jingoism? I don't feel that this example really works in this case. Is it because of weariness with the war, or a lack of nationalism in today's world, though, is probably the more important question...

  2. Yeah it is Afghanistan...I will fix that error...thanks Chazz