National Identity: Belonging to a Cultural Group? Belonging to a Polity

Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 3 (8):31-42 (2004)
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In this paper, I began by examining national identity understood as cultural belonging. I tried to show that this kind of belonging fails to give a justifiable account of the pluralistic reality found in modern states. I then proceeded to examine the idea of belonging to a polity. My claim is that this sense of belonging is more suitable for nation-states that have multicultural societies and consider this plurality as a vital part of their national identity. If the arguments presented here are convincing, we will have to stop thinking of national belonging as belonging to a cultural group, and pay more attention to belonging to a polity and all that that entails



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Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach
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