9780415348157

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

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    9780415348157

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    0415348153

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-02-02
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

List of tables
ix
List of appendices
x
Contributors xi
Introduction: national versus supranational identity in Europe
1(16)
Richard Robyn
Methodology
17(20)
Richard Robyn
Beyond duality: Danes' views on Denmark and the European Union 2001
37(27)
Kim Christian Schrøder
Søren Esben Hansen
Being in Europe: pluralism and patriotism in England and Scotland
64(27)
Una McCormack
Supranational identity emerging in France: nationalism submergent
91(24)
Richard Robyn
Steadfastly European? German (supra)national identity in a rapidly changing Europe
115(25)
De Forest W. Colegrove
Italian multiple identities: the Italian perception of national and European belonging
140(19)
Andrea Pitasi
Michela Marchionni
Maria Francesca Massoni
European identity frames in the Netherlands
159(27)
Christ'l De Landtsheer
Craig Carroll
Ralph Hekscher
Northern Ireland, identities and Europe
186(21)
John Barry
Being a Swede in a transforming European setting: the structures of an emerging Swedish supranational identity in the twenty-first century
207(20)
Daniel Silander
Charlotte Wallin
Conclusion
227(9)
Richard Robyn
Index 236

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