What is a nation: the meaning and use of words


2018-03-19 02:15:57




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The Initial understanding of the term goes back to the etymology of the word. And it happened in the East Slavic languages, according to the scientists-linguists, from the ancient verb “naroditi(be)”, and associated with a concept closely related relations. Interestingly, the same root word – “b” and “relative”. What the people in the modern Russian language? This word is doubtless a much broader sense, as well as several key values when used in speech.what is a nation


So, what is a nation in the conventional sense? This word can be defined as the entire population of any single country and the community of people, historically. But in any case it would be about a group of people associated by some common criteria and characteristics. Also the people, the crowd – a large set of human individuals, collected together (as a rule, in the interpretation of a negative connotation). Distinguish the use of the term in socio-political and cultural-ethnic meanings.defining the nation


What people in this context? Science Ethnography is about describing people. In the basis of consideration – ethnicity (a specific human group). Initially, this group bound by ties of kinship, and then – secondary attributes: cultural heritage and customs, religious and linguistic parameters, as well as geographically. Scientists believe that the signs just tell one nation (ethnic group) from another. This so-called ethnic markers, which are primary (religious and cultural practices, for example), and secondary (these include language, place of residence, etc.). If you take as a parsed example the Roma people, we see that its representatives live in the territories of different countries, speak different languages (largely assimilating them), but are representatives of one people, with common customs and traditions.


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What the people as a concept in the context of this science? Here, as a rule, he is opposed to the elite, the powers that be. And the people – the majority of the population who do not have privileges. The masses act as the basis, sometimes even determining the course of history (as many times already in the years of the different revolutions). But mostly, for example, in science, attitude toward people from the elite, rather the consumer, she uses ordinary people for coming to power.

Other values

  1. Sometimes the term “people” identified with the concept of “nation”. However, this is not entirely true. The nation as a community of people is formed during the formation of the state. It is a vast concept, but a limited territorial and temporal framework. The people - though more narrow concept (so that one nation can be several people, as it was in the USSR or now in Russia) but, on the contrary, less bound by the principle of territoriality and temporal realities. Peoples sometimes exist outside of and procedures established by the States. However, different ethnic groups can be United into one people.
  2. The value of “common”, which has a negative connotation. Can be used as a separation of the ruling elite and the disenfranchised crowds at political terminology.
  3. The value of “public”, “audience” for certain segments of society (mostly in a creative environment and business sector). So, for example, bus drivers are saying about their passengers.the peoples of the world

The peoples of the world

How many there are peoples on Earth? The exact answer, leading public scientific data to a common denominator, probably, does not give one. Some scientists believe that approximately two thousand, the other – three, even three and a half. And when you consider the small and no longer existing Nations of the world? Some scientists are keeping the languages. And there are about 7 thousand. And it depends on what criteria to define. People coimty is known to be the smallest in Russia. The number of its members barely exceeds 300 people. And in Latvia Livonians were only 180 people.Russian nation

Russian people

It is quite numerous (for a variety of scientific data from 129 to 150 million people). Russians represent an ethnic group of Eastern Slavs, formed from the old Russian nationality are the indigenous people of Russia (more than 80% of the population). Numerous Russian Diaspora there and in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the United States, Belarus and Eastern Europe. There are individual members and in the more remote corners of our planet.

The Language spoken by the people, – Russian. It belongs to the Eastern subgroup of the Slavic languages (Indo-European). Writing is used on the basis of the Cyrillic alphabet. In the years of the Soviet Union (and today) Russian is language of interethnic communication. The main religion-Orthodoxy. ROC-Russian Orthodox Church – is to unite Russian people in the faith. Its dioceses exist in other countries, where live the members of our numerous ethnic group.

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