Negotiating the Nation
Implications of Ethnic and Religious Diversity for National Identity (NATION)
About the project
This research project investigates the role of ethnic and religious diversity in contemporary European nation building. National identity is not a fixed entity, and through the parallel proces ses of globalization, immigration and secularization, traditional notions of national identity are under pressure. NATION seeks to understand these issues by exploring how nationhood is negotiated in three European countries: Norway, France, and the United Kingdom.
The increased ethnic and religious diversity within these countries' populations is seen to challenge the boundaries of national identity in particular ways. Some aspects of diversity are seen as acceptable, while others are defined as 'problematic' for national identity. In current debates on nationhood, the discourses of religion and ethnicity are intertwined. The changing social role of religion has implications for the negotiation of the nation. While looking at the interaction between religion and ethnicity in nationhood contestations, NATION investigates these two issues in parallel.
The total grant award was for NOK 8 200 000.
December 2013 - December 2017