London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The formation of civic identity in a multinational society: a sociocultural approach

Author(s) Latuņina, A.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
In a multinational society it is wrong to identify the national and state identity with nationality and citizenship. National identity is being expanded today by accepting European values, by uniting the identity of Latvia and Europe. As a result expanded civic identity is formed. There are three identity levels: ethnical, national and European. In the postmodern situation, political and cultural discourse are connected. Even though the national idea is in opposition to common European idea, the identity of the citizen of Europe does not replace national identity but supplements it. Identity of upper secondary school students is formed and culture receives integration function between other social subjects. The article offers conception of formation of civic identity in the context of integration.

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