Nationalism and Transnationalism

Mexicans | Jews


    Nationalism is an ideology that focuses on the care someone has for his/her perceived nation or national identity.  Although the sentiments behind nationalism have existed as far back as nations themselves, what is referred to as “classical” nationalism mainly has its origins in 19th century Europe and Latin America.  “Classical” nationalism is defined as feeling that one’s nation is owed the highest allegiance and in turn charging the nation with protecting what one feels are its traditions and beliefs.


    Transnationalism is a far more recent social movement born of globalization.  Its proponents seek to lessen the boundaries between nations, and expand international networks.  It has its origins in diasporas, although transnationalism is seen as voluntary, and many of these communities were forced out of their homes.  These diasporas, however, have often become transnational.


    In exploring these topics, which can be seen as inherently contradictory, we hope to understand how immigrants balance the influences of nationalism and transnationalism in their lives.



Calypso Taylor
Arthur Kapetanakis
Tyler Alterman