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This is Slovenia – Meaning of national identity and belonging among youth

Simona Šabić (2012) This is Slovenia – Meaning of national identity and belonging among youth. Diploma thesis.

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    Nationalism, national identity and national feeling are definitely alive nowadays. They are still an important part of temporal world and often they are the source of predjudice, discriminations and intergroup conflicts. On the other hand they must have some functional meaning for individual and society, otherwise we would abandom them. In my diploma I was interested in young people, who found national identity and belonging important for their lives. I was trying to find out what meaning the nationality has for them, why is it important for them and how they express their patriotism. However, during the research process some other issues connected with young patriots were exposed, for example masculinity and interwee's opinion about violence. The theoretical introduction presents characteristics of youth period and question of identity, which is in that period very important. It is continued with teoretical aspects of identity, social identity and integroup relationships, which can have both positive (for example solidarity) and negative (for example predjudice and discminations) consequences. The theoretical part is concluded with theorising about nationalism and its different manifestations. In the empirical part I present results of qualitative research, based on six interviews with six young patriots. They are all somehow connected with Tukaj je Slovenija (Here is Slovenia) movement. During my reaserch I discovered that patriotic youth is very heterogenous group and patriotism is very complex phenomena, including different (also subtle) aspects.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: youth, idetity, social identity, group belonging, patriotism, nationalism, predjudice, otherness
    Number of Pages: 117
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Špela RazpotnikMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9224009)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 782
    Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 11:19
    Last Modified: 17 May 2012 11:19
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/782

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