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Gone with the Crisis? National Identities in Germany and Southern European Countries During the Great Recession

Title
Gone with the Crisis? National Identities in Germany and Southern European Countries During the Great Recession
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Professor Antonia María Ruiz Jiménez # Universidad Pablo de Olavide; Hosted by: Edinburgh Sociology # TBC; Hosted by: ASEN Edinburgh # TBC
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Date and Time
16th May 2018 11:00 - 16th May 2018 12:00
Location
CMB 6th-floor Common Room
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events2/seminar_series/2017_2018/gone_with_the_crisis_national_identities_in_germany_and_southern_european_countries_during_the_great_recession

This presentation compares the effects of the Great Recession on national identities in Germany and Southern European countries, both at the individual and the country level. Among different theories arguing about what make people feel attached to their countries (from common religion to sharing a Constitution), this research puts to the test the instrumental conception of national identity within the theory of welfare nationalism. Thus, if it’s true that people develop attachment to the territorial unit of government that they perceive, or hold responsible, for their wellbeing, then that attachment should have weakened during the Great Recession period; furthermore it may have changed in different ways in Germany and Southern European countries, since the deep of the crisis they have experienced also differs. Besides the strength of identity, this presentation explores also changes in the meaning of identity, trying to see if the crisis has turned identities in these countries to be more chauvinist and closed.

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