Nationality in Decline?

David Miller

in On Nationality

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293569
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599910 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Nationality in Decline?

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It is often claimed that national identities are weakening as a result of changes at global level in culture and politics. In fact, public cultures still differ significantly cross‐nationally, and national identities continue to matter to most people. Popular attachment to Europe, for example, is largely instrumental in character. The evolution of British national identity shows how historical beliefs in national superiority and uniqueness have had to be abandoned, and how nation‐building projects today must recognize the religious and ethnic pluralism of contemporary societies.

Keywords: Britain; education; ethnicity; Europe; globalization; national identity; nation‐building; pluralism; public culture; religion

Chapter.  11457 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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