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The Europeanization of CinemaInterzones and Imaginative Communities$
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Randall Halle

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038457

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038457.001.0001

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The Idea of Bridges and the Image of Roads: Culture and Space

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The Europeanization of Cinema

Randall Halle

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter describes Europeanization as not simply the immediate sublation of the nation-state into a broader and more advanced form. Europeanization retains the nation-state and yet unleashes the potential of other forms of social organization to exist in increased significance: the local, regional, global, but also the subcultural, minoritarian, ethnic, migrant, diasporic, exiled, displaced, relocated, and nongovernmental. The chapter then shows how cinema offers images for various imaginative communities. It considers questions of spatial and temporal organization in cinema as they intersect with the socioeconomic arrangements. Unlike print culture, which was bound immediately to linguistic and ethnic-national communities, film proved capable of crossing borders and appealing to divergent communities.

Keywords:   Europeanization, nation-state, social organization, cinema, imaginative communities, print culture, divergent communities

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