How we can spread the national identity

The 'we' decide - national identity in times of globalization

The 'we' is decisive - national identity in times of globalization
[Working paper]

Corporate editor
Bamberg Center for Empirical Studies (BACES)

Abstract

Even in times of advancing individualization, every person defines himself to a significant extent through his membership in larger social units. We-feelings can be found in the partnership, in the family, in the community and, last but not least, in the nation. The presence of a ... more

Even in times of advancing individualization, each person defines himself to a significant extent by belonging to larger social units. We-feelings can be found in the partnership, in the family, in the community and, last but not least, in the nation. The existence of a "national identity", however defined, in Germany continues to raise major problems in public and academic discourse, whereby these problems are mainly due to the instrumentalization of the terms people and nation by the National Socialists - with the known consequences - go back. In the research tradition on this topic, there is still no consensus as to how the area of ​​"national identity" can be appropriately operationalized and how a distinction can be made between the terms mentioned above. Since there is a multitude of competing normative ideas and theoretical concepts, when dealing with this research area there is only a direct connection to the research interest pursued, as opposed to the search for an overarching, consensual concept. The thesis at hand focuses on the thesis that is often expressed that identification with one's own nation is, to a certain extent, vital for the collective. In a first step, an analysis of the significance and distribution of the various manifestations in relevant sub-areas of society as well as a multivariate consideration of potential explanatory factors and correlates of "national identity" takes place. Subsequently, the connection between the three dimensions of "national identity" described and some significant features of the federal German political system is presented in order to analyze their internal effect in the collective. The external effect of "national identity" is analyzed using the significance of extreme manifestations of patriotic, nationalistic and ethnocentric attitudes for the relationship between Germans and other peoples. It is important to check whether a strongly developed "national identity" inevitably leads to excessive fears and thus to an aversion to people of other nationalities. (ICD2) ... less

Thesaurus keywords
Nation; Self-image; External image; Globalization; National awareness; National identity; Nationalism; patriotism

classification
Cultural sociology, art sociology, literary sociology

method
epistemological

Language document
German

Year of publication
2007

Place of publication
Bamberg

Page reference
28 pp.

Series of publications
BACES Discussion Paper, 13

License
Deposit License - No Redistribution, No Processing

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