Patriotic to the Core?
Patriotism refers to the love of one’s country. The image of the nation as an extended family, expressed by the pervasive use of terms like “mother country,” “fatherland,” and “band of brothers,” makes such love seem natural. Yet the emotions evoked by family frequently are both intense and ambivalent. Some people love their families to a fault, while others do so despite or even because of those faults. Using the same logic, is patriotism blind or can it take the form of a love-hate relationship, with the emotional anguish and erratic behavior that often accompanies a conflicted state of mind?
KeywordsNational Identity General Social Survey Attitude Object Party Identification Ambivalent Feeling
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