Negotiating the Nation: Implications of Ethnic and Religious Diversity for National Identity - PRIO

Negotiating the Nation: Implications of Ethnic and Religious Diversity for National Identity

PRIO Report

Erdal, Marta Bivand; Rojan Tordhol Ezzati; Katrine Fangen; Thomas Lacroix; Åshild Kolås; Mette Strømsø; & Michael Collyer (2017) Negotiating the Nation: Implications of Ethnic and Religious Diversity for National Identity, PRIO Project Summary. Oslo: PRIO.

​Who is a nation?
Where is a nation?
When is a nation?
Why is a nation?
How is a nation ‘a nation’?

​This report presents insights from the research project Negotiating the Nation: Implications of Ethnic and Religious Diversity for National Identity (NATION), funded by the Research Council of Norway. Between 2013 and 2017, researchers in Norway, France and the UK have collected and analyzed data on top-down, mediated, and bottom-up iterations of the nation, and their interactions. The nation has been approached as an empirical phenomenon, as a political project which enables mobilization, and as a dynamic and changeable social group, for which time and space are crucially important.

We hope that the insights and tools from the NATION project can help enable constructive approaches to building shared national futures.