Nationhood as cultural repertoire: Collective identities and political attitudes in France and Germany

Bart Bonikowski

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    This chapter outlines a new approach to comparative research on nationalist beliefs in established democracies, using evidence from France and Germany. Instead of assuming the existence of a unitary and homogeneous national identity at the country level or reducing nationalism to isolated variables, I identify subsets of survey respondents in each country who espouse distinctive combinations of attitudes toward the nation. The resulting repertoires of nationhood are strikingly similar in content-but not prevalence-across the two countries, which helps shed light on aggregate patterns of nationalist beliefs in the two populations. Moreover, adherence to each type of nationalism consistently predicts support for anti-immigrant attitudes, Euroscepticism, economic protectionism, and radical-right party support. The results suggest that competing popular understandings of the nation are likely to constitute salient and mobilizable cultural cleavages in contemporary European politics.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationEveryday Nationhood
    Subtitle of host publicationTheorising Culture, Identity and Belonging After Banal Nationalism
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages28
    ISBN (Electronic)9781137570987
    ISBN (Print)9781137570970
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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