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ERIC Number: EJ940093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
Adolescents' Perceptions of National Identification and Socialization: A Grounded Analysis
Muldoon, Orla T.; McLaughlin, Katrina; Trew, Karen
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v25 n4 p579-594 Nov 2007
This paper examines the perceived influence of parents and family and the construction of national and religious identification amongst adolescents theoretically sampled from along the border between the Irish Republic and the Northern Ireland. Two hundred and sixty-one young people wrote essays on the meaning of their national identity and the influence of parents, families and the border on national and religious identities. Lengthy and detailed responses were subjected to a grounded analysis. Results revealed the complexity of young people's identification processes and their opinions and experiences of religious and national socialization. The majority of respondents attached a great deal of significance to their national identity. Identity was represented across a range of meanings including sport, government policy, culture, folklore and characteristics thought typical of a given nationality. Diversity was valued though national and religious categories were defined exclusively. Parents and family were viewed as important sources of socialization and the intergenerational transmission of identity was viewed as natural and inevitable. There was a widespread belief that national and religious identity overlapped and though many asserted that religion could promote tolerance and inclusion there was an implicit acceptance that it could also fuel intergroup hostilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)