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‘Forming Societies’ with James Hawkey

In this video, James Hawkey talks about the concepts of language and nationalism, and how they relate to the ideas of global citizenship.

In the first section of this week, we look at the theme of nationalism and language.

Nationalism and language are often very closely related. How you feel connected to a nation of people is related to what you feel you have in common with them, as well as how you feel your nation is different to others. How is the language we speak tied to our own sense of identity? Is language used to create a feeling of nationalism?

As you watch James discussing these ideas, consider the following questions and add your thoughts to the comments:

  • Do you have a strong sense of belonging to a nation or nations?

  • How do you feel that the way you use language factors into your feeling of identity with that nation or place?

  • Do you have feelings about the way people use language? Are you always correcting people’s grammar, or do you get annoyed when other people do so? Why do you think that is?

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