National Identity and the Appeal of Nationalism

Patrick Mitchel

in Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256150
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602115 | DOI:
National Identity and the Appeal of Nationalism

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The functions and structure of a modern nationalist ideology are revealed through analysis of its national identity. Six components of national identity are explored; the ‘search for belonging’; public legitimization in the world of nations; myth; culture; emotion and territory; and symbols and rituals. A further section analyses the behaviour of national identities in a context of political conflict. The issue of what is an appropriate relationship for Christians to have with their own national identity is then discussed using the theologian Miroslav Volf’s concept of ‘distance and belonging’.

Keywords: Christian citizenship; distance and belonging; imagined community; myth; national identity; rituals; stereotypes; symbols; Miroslav Volf

Chapter.  8348 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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