Dual or Divided Identities? National Identity and Community Values among Immigrants in Denmark and Western Europe

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Abstract

Over the years, the size of the immigrant population has increased considerably in many Western countries and raised concerns whether the majority population within a nation-state identify with and share a number of common values despite increased ethnic and religious diversity. This chapter includes the immigrant population into the ‘national identity’ debate by examining the extent to which non-Western immigrants identify with and feel proud of their host nation, and it investigates the community values with which they identify, utilizing a nationally representative survey taken among five large non-Western groups living in Denmark and a comparable group of native Danes. The chapter finds that non-Western immigrant groups and their descendants feel less Danish and have less nationalist pride than the majority. These non-Western immigrant groups share a number of crucial values with the native population—most notably a number of liberal and republican values, raising a number of key issues for political theory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiberal Nationalism and Its Critics : Normative and Empirical Questions
EditorsGina Gustavsson, David Miller
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2019
Chapter12
ISBN (Print)9780198842545
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventLiberal Nationalism and its Critics: normative and empirical questions - Workshop at Nuffield College, Oxford, Tuesday June 20th-Wednesday June 21st 2017 Convenors: Gina Gustavsson (University of Uppsala/Nuffield College, Oxford) and David Miller (Nuffield College, Oxford/Queen’s University, Ontario), Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Jun 201721 Jun 2017

Seminar

SeminarLiberal Nationalism and its Critics: normative and empirical questions
LocationWorkshop at Nuffield College, Oxford, Tuesday June 20th-Wednesday June 21st 2017 Convenors: Gina Gustavsson (University of Uppsala/Nuffield College, Oxford) and David Miller (Nuffield College, Oxford/Queen’s University, Ontario)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period20/06/201721/06/2017

Keywords

  • non-Western immigrants and descendants
  • national identity
  • community values
  • socio-cultural integration trajectories
  • Danish welfare state
  • national identity construction

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