How the Identity of the American Southwest Was Forged

A horseman poses at Monument Valley Tribal Park in Utah in 2012. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)
In A Land Apart, Flannery Burke explores a distinctive region that is an integral part of our nation.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A modern nation is, according to historian Benedict Anderson, an imagined community; collectively imagined by its people as limited, with clearly marked territorial boundaries that separate it from its neighbors; and imagined as sovereign, for each nation has its own political system and civic culture. It is also imagined as a community despite sometimes great internal social, ethnic, and regional variation. What binds those often disparate parts together as a whole is a common sense of history and destiny, so that, as Anderson says, “the nation is always conceived as a deep, horizontal comradeship.”

In the introduction to the book

Glynn Custred is a professor emeritus of anthropology at California State University, East Bay, and the author, most recently, of A History of Anthropology as a Holistic Science.

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