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The Changing Face of European Identity : A Seven-Nation Study of (Supra)National Attachments - Richard Robyn

The Changing Face of European Identity

A Seven-Nation Study of (Supra)National Attachments

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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.

1. Introduction : national versus supranational identity in Europe / Richard Robyn -- 2. Methodology / Richard Robyn -- 3. Beyond duality : Danes' views on Denmark and the European Union 2001 / Kim Christian Schroder and Soren Esben Hansen -- 4. Being in Europe : pluralism and patriotism in England and Scotland / Una McCormack -- 5. Supranational identity emerging in France : nationalism submergent / Richard Robyn -- 6. Steadfastly European? : German (supra)national identity in a rapidly changing Europe / De Forest W. Colegrove -- 7. Italian multiple identities : the Italian perception of national and European belonging / Andrea Pitasi, Michela Marchionni and Maria Francesca Massoni -- 8. European identity frames in the Netherlands / Christ'l De Landtsheer, Craig Carroll and Ralph Hekscher -- 9. Northern Ireland, identities and Europe / John Barry -- 10. Being a Swede in a transforming European setting : the structures of an emerging Swedish supranational identity in the twenty-first century / Daniel Silander and Charlotte Wallin -- 11. Conclusion / Richard Robyn.

ISBN: 9780203311103
ISBN-10: 0203311108
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 15th January 2005