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Defending Liberal Nationalism - At what Cost?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Sociology.
2004 (English)In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 30, no 1, 41-57 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article sets out to theoretically and empirically examine the liberal nationalist argument of promotion of cultural nationalism as a means of securing individual autonomy. The claim that a specific national identity needs to be promoted in the name of cultural nationalism in order to facilitate free and autonomous individuals is analysed. The article uses data from 21 of the countries participating in the International Social Survey Programme and examines whether cultural nationalism can be promoted without us having to pay a price for such promotion. It concludes that cultural nationalism only can be promoted as long as we are willing to pay the price of derogatory values aimed at individuals not considered as belonging to the nation. Thus, the liberal nationalist argument is put into question.

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2004. Vol. 30, no 1, 41-57 p.
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Nationalism, Liberalism, Identity, Xenophobia, Autonomy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-11909DOI: doi:10.1080/1369183032000170169OAI: diva2:151580
EnglishAvailable from: 2007-06-15 Created: 2007-06-15 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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