Community Analysis Essay

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Imagination plays a crucial role in creating communities and its identity. Fiction, in this case will cover both absolute fabrications and biases in the discourse of history's narration. History can be malleable in the hands of narrators, which they use to unite their audience into a common interpretation of their history. Alicia Barber, The author of the essay, Local Places, National Spaces: Public Memory, Community Identity and Landscape at Scotts Bluff National Monument, talks about two community's disagreement on a tourist spot's proper use and maintenance. Barber analyzes the community's relations to the landmark and how it affects the discourse of history's narration, the malleability of public memory, and how it all connects with …show more content…
The community in this case refers to the local community's role in the history being commemorated. Their particular behaviour in staking their claim in history can be described as a group's narcissism in their history's narration. A group's patriotism to a place would not exist if there was nothing to be proud of, and sometimes, for such histories to exist, the narrative of the stories have to be bias. Their discourse lies within storyteller's allegiances and favouritism to certain groups. The local community's (the neighbouring towns: Gering and Scottsbluff) role as an activist community who are the ones who primarily interact with the landmark will be emphasizes. The national community's role in the landmark's development might be downsized or simply not fall in favour of the narrator's discourse. Nationalism is a fiction that bends history. Conversions of fictions into history and history into perceived fiction powers patriotism, and on the extreme end nationalism. Ignatieff states nationalism's propaganda on Serb radio about the Croats sets the stone for the ignorance they need in order to separate themselves from the Croats, and to perceive their differences as threats to their over-embraced uniqueness. “Nationalism is a fiction: it requires the willing suspension of disbelief. To believe in nationalist fictions is to forget certain realities” (Ignatieff
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