Print Capitalism

Discipline: Political Science

A concept coined by Benedict Anderson in his 1983 book imagined communities, which argues that nations are socially-constructed political communities, and that the members of nations largely imagine their membership in that community.

According to Anderson, achieving such a massive subscription to that imagination was made possible with the advancements in technology that allowed the publication of books, newspapers, magazines, and other printed matter in mass quantities. Anderson calls this phenomenon print capitalism, and attributes to it the dissemination of ideas that inculcate a common political community as well as the membership to it.

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