Nationalism and patriotism, which are different aspects of national identification, are group phenomena of both theoretical and applied importance. Whereas patriotism represents attachment to one's country, nationalism refers to the tendency to favor one's own country over others. National identification can facilitate cooperation and cohesion within one's country but at the same time engender conflict directed at other national groups. This entry illustrates the relevance of patriotism and nationalism in present societies and discusses their functions for individuals and groups, as well as the conditions determining whether and when identification with one's own country translates into the relative devaluation or derogation of other countries and their members.

Distinguishing Patriotism and Nationalism

Patriotism and nationalism refer to phenomena that can be encountered frequently and in various guises. In ...

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