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Being both – A European and a national citizen? Comparing young people’s identification with Europe and their home country across eight European countries

Landberg, Monique, Eckstein, Katharina, Mikolajczyk, Clara, Mejias, Sam, Macek, Petr, Motti-Stefanidi, Frosso, Enchikova, Ekaterina, Guarino, Antonella, Rämmer, Andu and Noack, Peter (2018) Being both – A European and a national citizen? Comparing young people’s identification with Europe and their home country across eight European countries. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 15 (3). pp. 270-283. ISSN 1740-5629

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17405629.2017.1391087

Abstract

It is a well-established fact that forming a mature and coherent political identity is one developmental task in adolescence and young adulthood. However, given different degrees of commitment on the regional, national, and European level, the question remains whether young people’s identification varies among those spheres? Drawing on data from the European Catch-EyoU-project, it was the goal of this study to examine whether young people can be classified according to their identification toward their home country and Europe and how these types are associated with age, gender, country as well as political interest, tolerance, and political participation. The study is based on adolescents and young adults from the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Estonia, Italy, Portugal, and Sweden (N = 9,339; Mage=19.62; 59.1% female). Cluster analysis revealed five types of young people’s identification with country and Europe which showed significant associations between group membership and tolerance, political interest, and participation. The implications of distinguishing types of identification and their associations with political outcomes are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/pedp20/current
Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Ltd, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 09:42
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 00:04
Projects: 649538
Funders: European Union, Horizon 2020 Programme
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85929

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