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Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998$
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Patrick Mitchel

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256150

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199256152.001.0001

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National Identity and the Appeal of Nationalism

National Identity and the Appeal of Nationalism

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Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998

Patrick Mitchel

Oxford University Press

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

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