- Steven Grosby
‘Motherland, fatherland, and homeland’ examines the existence of kinship to bounded territory. All three terms invoke the ancient concept of ‘native land’. However, the modern nation is more than a spatial setting, it has a spiritual element which provides a link to the past through important events. Forming attachments to land is a fundamental part of human nature, based on the desire for familiarity. This familiarity also leads to a sense of ownership of land. Like family, the land gives life to the individual, and, like children, individuals can shape and work the land. This phenomenon extends to feelings of national ownership and belonging.