This chapter outlines the purpose and the structure of the book. It highlights the wealth of literature on nations and nationalism and comparative dearth of scholarship on national identity, and outlines the need for an interdisciplinary, qualitative analysis of the phenomenon of national identity in a ‘stateless nation’ context. It details the structure and central themes of the subsequent chapter, from literature review, methodology and data analysis framework, case selection, empirical analysis and concluding remarks. It further identifies the innovative features of the research, showcasing its original contribution to the state of the art of understanding national identity and its politicisation in both a broader context and that specific to Wales and the Basque Country.


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  • Sophie Williams
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  1. 1.Office for National StatisticsNewportWales

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