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Unpacking young people’s national identities: The role of ethno-cultural and religious allegiances, history and ‘Others’

Katartzi, Eugenia (2017) Unpacking young people’s national identities: The role of ethno-cultural and religious allegiances, history and ‘Others’. Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research. ISSN 1103-3088

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Abstract

The article examines the intricacies implicated in the narration of young people’s national identities by shedding light on intersecting allegiances and on the role that perceived ‘others’ play in their accounts of nationhood. Based upon a qualitative study of youth narratives of identity in the context of Greek society, the article unpacks how participants make sense and narrate their nationhood via utilizing discursive resources, whilst dialogically conversing with the gaze of ‘other’. The narrative–discursive analysis of the in-depth interview material illustrates the interweavement of ethnicity with religion, along with the use of historical imagery and cultural signals of alleged similarity and difference. What becomes evident is the salience of ethno-cultural and religious identifications, operating as potent resources for self-making but also as vehicles for categorization and the potential exclusion of ‘others’. The article concludes by underlining the importance of empirically substantiating and theorizing the configurations of young people’s collective identities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: National identity; Young people; 'Other'; Narrative; Greece
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Early Years Childhood Youth and Community Research
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Depositing User: Eugenia Katartzi
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 10:49
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 21:18
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/32417

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