What is national consciousness?I appreciate your effort at answering my first question on the nexus between Human Rights and National Consciousness. I will love to see more than one answer, so as...

What is national consciousness?

I appreciate your effort at answering my first question on the nexus between Human Rights and National Consciousness. I will love to see more than one answer, so as to enable me compare opinions. I love what you are doing.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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National consciousness is an amorphous topic. It depends on the nation, first of all. Some countries have longer histories and a more developed culture. However, there are other ways countries develop strong national consciousness. For example, our fiery revolution and civil war brought us together.
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If you want more than one answer to a question, please post in the "Discussion" area of the group.  That is the part where multiple answers are more generally allowed.

To Franz Fanon, national consciousness is the feeling that all of the people in a given state share important things in common.  If true national consciousness arises, the people will be able to see that they are all in "the same boat" and that what is good for one is good for all.  They will understand that they should not see themselves as members of separate classes or races or tribes.  Rather, they should understand that their destinies are bound up with one another.

Fanon argues that this sort of consciousness tends to elude people because, in

young and independent nations, the nation is passed over for the race, and the tribe is preferred to the state.

Fanon is calling, then, for a sort of patriotism.  He is calling for a consciousness in which people understand that they are part of something bigger than their own small race, tribe or class.

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