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  • By: Thomas Blank
  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The term patriotism is derived from the Greek word πατρíζ (patris), which means father, and patria, which means fatherland or home country. So the word patriotism is used to represent a positive link to one's own nation or fatherland and love for one's home country or own people. In this definition, patriotism is a positive aspect of national identity. In cultural terms, patriotism identifies distinctive aspects of the nation such as its ethnic, cultural, political, and historical ...

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