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Liberal Nationalism and Its Critics: Normative and Empirical Questions

Gina Gustavsson and David Miller


The thesis of liberal nationalism is that national identities can serve as a source of unity in culturally diverse liberal societies, thereby lending support to democracy and social justice. The chapters in this book examine that thesis from both normative and empirical perspectives, in the latter case using survey data or psychological experiments from the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, France, and the UK. They explore how people understand what it means to belong to their nation, and show that different aspects of national attachment—national identity, national pride, and national ch ... More

Keywords: chauvinism, culture, essentialism, immigrants, liberal nationalism, national identity, pride, religion, solidarity, trust

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198842545
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198842545.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gina Gustavsson, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Government, Uppsala University

David Miller, editor
Professor of Political Theory, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

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Gina Gustavsson and David Miller

Theme 1 The Nature of National Identity

Theme 2 The Social Effects of National Identity

5 Hierarchy, American Identity, and Support for Anti-Poverty Efforts

Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, Frank J. Gonzalez, and Alison O’Toole

Theme 3 The Place of Culture and Religion in Liberal Nationalism

8 Inclusive Identities

Patti Tamara Lenard

Theme 4 Immigrants and Dual Nationals: Double Loyalties and Divided Selves?

11 Beyond National Identity

Keith Banting, Allison Harell, Will Kymlicka, and Rebecca Wallace

12 Dual or Divided Identities?

Karen N. Breidahl


14 An Unscientific Postscript

Kwame Anthony Appiah