Young European’s constructions of nation, state, country and Europe

Ross, Alistair (2019) Young European’s constructions of nation, state, country and Europe. National Identities, 23 (1). pp. 79-95. ISSN 1460-8944

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This study addresses how young Europeans (11 to 19 years of age, 29 countries, n=2000) construct identities around their country and Europe, and how they discuss nationalism and national identities in their discourse. Based on empirical data collected through small group deliberative discussions (n= 324) in 29 states), young people’s use of these terms were gathered in free-ranging and unstructured debate. Analysis suggests that a significant majority are sceptical about their ‘national’ identity, and about nationalism as being significant in their futures. While most have some sense of identification with their country and state, their location in increasingly diverse settings means that for many ‘national’ identities have little significance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social construction, political identities, nation, state, young people
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Alistair Ross
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 11:17
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 11:42


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