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Land of My Fathers? Economic Development, Ethnic Division and Ethnic National Identity in 32 Countries



We investigate the reasons why some people, and some countries, place greater or lesser emphasis on the idea that membership of a nation is tied to ancestry. We test the influence of two key factors - economic development and ethnic division. Economic development is strongly associated with support for the ancestry criterion of national membership. Those who are more economically secure, who grew up in wealthier nations, or live in a wealthier nation currently, are less likely to emphasise ancestry as an important factor in national identity. Those who have grown up since mass immigration to a country begun are also less likely to emphasise ancestry. However, we find no evidence that historical conditions are correlated with current national identity beliefs.

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  • Robert Ford & James Tilley & Anthony Heath, 2011. "Land of My Fathers? Economic Development, Ethnic Division and Ethnic National Identity in 32 Countries," Sociological Research Online, Sociological Research Online, vol. 16(4), pages 1-8.
  • Handle: RePEc:sro:srosro:2011-5-2

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    1. James Tilley, 2002. "Political generations and partisanship in the UK, 1964-1997," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 165(1), pages 121-135.
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