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Making Identity Count: Building a National Identity Database

Ted Hopf and Bentley B. Allan


Making Identity Count outlines a method for the interpretive and quantitative study of national identity. It argues that constructivist international relations (IR) theories of identity have not yet been tested in large-n quantitative work because an intersubjective data set has never been produced. Instead, existing quantitative work reduces identity to language, ethnicity, or religion. However, these variables do not capture the intersubjective content of national identities. Other methods for measuring identity such as surveys or content analysis do not employ an inductive “ethnographic sen ... More

Keywords: national identity, interpretivism, qualitative methods, discourse analysis, quantitative methods, constructivism, IR theory, democracy, neoliberalism, hegemony

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190255473
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190255473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ted Hopf, editor
Professor of Political Science, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Bentley B. Allan, editor
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

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Part One Introduction

Part Two. National Identity Reports

5 Whither La France?

Benjamin Chan Jian Ming and Rebecca Oh

9 Conflicted Identities

Nanaho Hanada

11 The Country upon a Hill?

Ki Hoon Michael Hur

Part Three. Conclusions

13 What Have We Learned?

Ted Hopf and Bentley B. Allan