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German National Identity in a New Europe—Brief Remarks on the Limits of Survey Research

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Abstract

National identity is one of the now widely used concepts by professionals and nonprofessionals. While we know that the meaning of a word is its usage, we tend to forget this simple fact in political and scientific debates. Thus, researchers from different strands might use the same words or better sequence of letters but with different usage, i.e., meaning. No definition of national identity will be given here just to avoid adding to the already existing confusion. Emphasis will be laid instead on identifying issues in researching a diffuse concept.

Keywords

Welfare State Political System National Identity Real Life Experience Modal Generalization 
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