In Memoriam Benedict Anderson (1936-2015)

In this age of neo-tribalism, nationalist furies, and populist hysteria, Benedict Anderson’s writings serve us to understand and to explain. This is what social science is about. His concept of imagined communities, very often quoted and frequently misunderstood, changed the way we think about nations and nationalism. His writings, together with those of Isaiah Berlin, Rogers Brubaker, Ernest Gellner, Leah Greenfeld, Ertic Hobsbawm, Elie Kedourie, Hans Kohn, Anthony Smith, inspired me when I wrote “Fantasies of Salvation.” If the rite of passing away can be beautiful, professor Anderson’s farewell to his beloved Indonesia is one of those instances. May he rest in peace…

 

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