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The Myth of Postnational Identity: Popular Support for European Unification

Mathieu Deflem and Fred C. Pampel
Social Forces
Vol. 75, No. 1 (Sep., 1996), pp. 119-143
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2580759
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2580759
Page Count: 25
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The Myth of Postnational Identity: Popular Support for European Unification
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Abstract

The study of popular support for unification of Europe raises issues about the role of identification with national interests versus support for postnational identity in determining attitudes across countries and over time. It also raises issues about the roles of traditional cleavages in class position and partisan ideological views versus differences in postmaterialist values in determining support for unification. Using data for individuals sampled within member-states of the European Community in 1982, 1986, 1989, and 1992, the analyses show persistent differences between countries in their support even after equalizing for national differences in sociodemographic, ideological, and value priority variables over the 10-year time span of the study, which favors theoretical arguments for the continued importance of national identity.

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