Understanding dual identities in Poland

McManus-Czubinska, C., Markowski, R., Miller, W.L. and Wasilewski, J. (2003) Understanding dual identities in Poland. Political Studies, 51(1), pp. 121-143. (doi: 10.1111/1467-9248.00416)

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'Parallel' divisions of identity in Poland are a thing of the past – and perhaps the future – but not the present. Yet contemporary Poles are still politically divided by identities – albeit by 'nested' Polish/European identities rather than by 'parallel' ethnic identities. They are not divided between Polish and European identities, however, but between exclusive and dual identities – in essence a division between parochial and cosmopolitan identities. Contrary to fears that Europeanism in Poland especially might be narrow, culturally restrictive, or even racist, our data show that dual identities reflect broader cosmopolitan perspectives as well as specifically European or Western sympathies. There is a real significant difference of values between exclusive and dual identifiers which extends well beyond attitudes to Europe – and far beyond attitudes to the EU in particular. To a considerable degree this is a difference – some have argued a conflict – between traditional and modern Poland, between secular and devout Poland, between educated and ignorant Poland, between young and old Poland, and between hopeful and fearful Poland.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miller, Professor William and McManus, Professor Clare
Authors: McManus-Czubinska, C., Markowski, R., Miller, W.L., and Wasilewski, J.
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Political Studies
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing

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