Ethnicity, Identity, and the Development of Nationalism in by David Yaghoubian

By David Yaghoubian

Ethnicity, id, and the advance of Nationalism in Iran investigates the ways that Armenian minorities in Iran encountered Iranian nationalism and took part in its improvement over the process the 20th century. established totally on oral interviews, archival records, own memoirs, memorabilia, and images, the publication examines the lives of a team of Armenian-Iranians-a truck driving force, a military officer, a parliamentary consultant, a civil servant, and a scout leader-and explores the own conflicts and paradoxes attendant upon their layered allegiances and compound identities. In documenting person stories in Iranian undefined, army, govt, schooling, and neighborhood association, the 5 social biographies aspect many of the roles of elites and non-elites within the improvement of Iranian nationalism and exhibit the a number of forces that form the tactics of id formation. Yaghoubian combines those snap shots with theories of nationalism and nationwide id to respond to routine pivotal questions on how nationalism evolves, why it truly is attractive, what extensive forces and day-by-day actions form and maintain it, and the position of ethnicity in its improvement.

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Chapter 6 examines the life of Nejde Hagobian (b. 1934), son of the first-generation Armenian Iranian truck driver Hagob Hagobian introduced in chapter 3. Centered on his childhood experiences and role in founding and leading the Armenian Iranian youth organization Ararat’s mixed-gender scouting wing in the early 1950s, Nejde Hagobian’s story describes how Armenian Iranian youth were able to create an organization that enabled public expression of their Armenian symbols, traditions, and values and how, paradoxically, this Armenian-exclusive organization was a primary vehicle through which many of them acquired a strong and sublime sense of Iranian nationalism.

Applying Anderson’s contentions to the birthday rally on behalf of the Iranian king depicted in the photo yields still more hypotheses about how such an event relates to the development and sustenance of national community and identity. Having been pirated in its modular form by secular Iranian intellectuals to secure the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty at the turn of the century, by the mid–twentieth century nationalism has produced imagined interconnectivity between the event’s participants, who together represent the national community.

But how can we specifically locate and describe the essence and appeal of this abstract community to its various participants and the role of language in its evolution? Although a public display in recognition of a leader’s birthday might unite its participants through imagined national community, and language may be a possible component of this imagining, the conceptual insight Anderson’s theory grants us does not answer the question of why the participants might feel bound to each other and the nation.

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