Nationalism – University of Copenhagen

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In response to immigration and globalisation more generally, nationalism is on the rise. Not only in terms of populist right-wing nationalist parties, but also in terms of an increased focus on the nation and national identity in the political mainstream. This is exemplified by policies and discourses involving cultural canons, citizenship tests, concerns about national values in schools and other major institutions, and more generally efforts towards nation-building. Proponents argue that such policies are necessary to provide for citizens a firm ground to stand on when facing the multiple influences of globalisation, to provide for immigrants a compass for integration, and to provide shared values of the kind required for high levels of social cohesion at the societal level.

Furthermore, the interest in nationalism has been mirrored in the research community, where scholars have studied e.g. the basis for support for populist movements, distinctions between different kinds nationalism (such as conservative, liberal, civic and ethnic nationalism), what values citizens are committed to at the national level, and what the impact is of (different kinds of) national identity as regards e.g. social cohesion.


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