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What does national identity mean in a globalised world?

Story added 9th Oct 2020

Article by City Lit tutor Dr Benjamin Chwistek

A globalised world with local identities

The world has been becoming ever more globally connected over the receding centuries. From the telegraph to the telephone, from satellites to the internet, the world is more and more connected every day. And yet, localism is still strong: people still hold on to national and regional identities. From Take Back Control to Make America Great Again, political slogans are couched in the language of the sovereign nation. How does nationalism, nationality, and national identity sit within a globalised world?


Understanding national identity

The way we view ourselves conditions every moment of our existence. Wherever we come from, we have a sense of identity and belonging. Whether we are from Britain, America, or France, we have a sense of national identity connected to our home. If we are from Barcelona or Edinburgh, we might think about identity differently than if we are from Madrid or London How does this sense of national identity compare with national identity as it exists in other parts of the world? National identities differ, but how do they differ, and what impact does it have? Some people describes themselves as ‘citizens of the world’, or have multiple national identities – how do these fit within ideas of nationalism as we usually think of it?


Identity in a Global Context

In City Lit’s ‘Nationalism and National Identity in a Global Context’, we will explore these themes, difficulties and issues. Students will be able to get a better understanding on their own sense of identity, and how it fits within a globalised world.


Studying nationalism at City Lit

If you enjoyed reading this blog, you may be interested in our online course Nationalism and National Identity in a Global Context.

You can also find a full range of our Politics & Current Affairs courses and guest lectures here.