- This is an article about a concept. For the book it was named after, see Imagined Communities.
Imagined communities is a concept coined by Benedict Anderson. An imagined community is different from an actual community because it is not (and, for practical reasons, cannot be) based on everyday face-to-face interaction between its members. For example, Anderson believes that a nation is a socially constructed community, imagined by the people who perceive themselves as part of that group.:6–7
Anderson's book, Imagined Communities, in which he explains the concept in depth, was first published in 1983, and reissued with additional chapters in 1991 and a further revised version in 2006.
The media also create imagined communities, through usually targeting a mass audience or generalizing and addressing citizens as the public.