Drawing upon systematic research using Q methodology in seven countries - Denmark, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden - this volume presents results of the most extensive effort yet at cross-cultural, subjective assessment of national and supranational identity. The studies explain how the European Union, as the most visible experiment in mass national identity change in the contemporary world, influences how Europeans think about their political affiliations.
The particular strength of Q methodology is its capacity to delve deeper into subjective opinion with regard to a political topic than can be done with large-scale surveys - a great advantage in dealing with a topic of such complexity as identity. Q offers a unique bridge of qualitative and quantitative approaches and a powerful tool to illuminate identity types that exist in society. Besides the ground-breaking use of subjective methodology, the multinational character of this project is unique as well: providing the first cross-cultural study of national identity in Europe. Finally, this represents one of the largest surveys ever done on subjective impressions of European political affiliations.
This book reveals that identity is undergoing considerable change in Europe. As the first book to provide an in-depth, methodologically focused, cross-cultural study of subjective notions of national versus supranational identity in Europe, it will be of great interest to students and researchers in politics and sociology and social psychology.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 15th January 2005