Contextual effects on subjective national identity

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Does the interaction between context and individual-level features affect political attitudes? By using the case of Catalonia, a receiver region of international and national immigration since the fifties, this paper intersects a classic acculturation model and a newly reemerging literature in political science on contextual determinants of political behaviour to analyze how context affects subjective national identity. Results reveal that environment matters. The Percentage of Spain-born population in the municipality is statistically significant to account for variance in the subjective national identity, even after controlling for age, sex, origin, language and left-right orientation and other contextual factors. This conclusion suggests that researchers should not underestimate the direct effect of the environment on feelings of belonging in contexts of rival identities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-720
Number of pages20
JournalNations and Nationalism
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Acculturation
  • Assimilation
  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Multilevel models
  • Neighborhood effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations


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