|Identifying Binary Opposition|
"The term imagined inevitably raises questions. Are there communities which are not imagined? It might be the case that the difference among groups and communities lies exactly in the sphere of characteristic features, and consequently that all communities are, by definition,imagined. Are imagined communities less real than groups?... If real is taken to mean existing as a fact’ then, as every realist in international relations will attest, the existence of imagined communities is a social fact. The term imagined communities is therefore not to be used synonymously with imaginary ones."
Anderson, Benedict (1983). Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nations.