The social imagination is not a mere representation of something which is real, as a flag represents a putatively “real” nation-state; the imagination of a society is involved when the flag becomes what one will kill and die for. In other words, the social imagination is not a mere image of something more real; it is not some ideological “superstructure” which reflects the material “base.” There is no substantive distinction between material and cultural production. The imagination of a society is the condition of possibility for the organization and signification of bodies in a society. The imagination is the drama in which bodies are invested. (William T Cavanaugh, Torture and Eucharist, p.57)

 

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