Anderson, Benedict (August 26, 1936 - )
Professor Emeritus of International Studies, at Cornell University, and head of its Indonesian program. Professor Anderson is best known for his extensive writings on nationalism, in particular his book, Imagined Communities, which was first published in 1983. In this book, he argues that our ideas of national boundaries are elastic and based on various perceptions of political community. Furthermore, Anderson claims that a nation is a socially constructed community, imagined by the people who perceive themselves as part of that group.