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What Activates an Identity?: The Case of Norden
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political science.
2010 (English)In: International Relations, ISSN 0047-1178, E-ISSN 1741-2862, Vol. 24, no 1, 46-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite a general acknowledgement that knowledge about identities is essential for understanding international relations, surprisingly little has been written about what actually activates one of a state’s many identities and not another. More generally, the article suggests that situational relevance and commitment are of importance. More specifically, it is suggested that a policy area’s legitimisation is a factor that may affect the commitment to a collective identity. The argument is illustrated by the case of ‘Norden’, as the inhabitants of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden call their territory. The end of the Cold War and Sweden and Finland joining Denmark in the European Union (EU) put Nordic identity under severe stress in the beginning of the 1990s. As shown, this collective identity was intensely active in the case of the Nordic Passport Union, but less so in the case of environmental negotiations.

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2010. Vol. 24, no 1, 46-64 p.
Keyword [en]
collective identity, commitment, identity reach, legitimisation, master identity, Nordic identity, situational relevance
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-6480DOI: 10.1177/0047117809359039ISI: 000275999300003ScopusID: 10.1177/0047117809359039OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-6480DiVA: diva2:401156
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-02-28 Last updated: 2015-05-18Bibliographically approved

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