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State Identity

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

State identity generally refers to the body of interests, values, self-understandings, and orientations from which states act in the world. As a term, state identity posits that it is meaningful to understand the political community of a state as having a collective identity or sense of itself at a highly generalized, but nevertheless important level. The body of interests, values, and self-understanding that makes up state identity is rooted in a country's history and cultures, human and physical geography, economy and underlying strategic context. At ...

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