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Portugal’s Evolving Identity
Dias, Marielena
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla
University of Florida
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Undergraduate Honors Thesis


Subjects / Keywords:
Conceptualization ( jstor )
Identity theory ( jstor )
National identity ( jstor )
National politics ( jstor )
Political discourse ( jstor )
Political identity ( jstor )
Political movements ( jstor )
Political theory ( jstor )
Social identity ( jstor )
Social theories ( jstor )


This study examines Portugal’s identity in the national and supranational context after it experienced three critical junctures: accession to the European Union, adoption of the Euro, and 2010 Euro Crisis. Identity is defined as how members of a state support their national political regime and the supranational political regime they belong to. It also includes the extent to which members of a state feel connected to one another and consider themselves part of the larger, supranational political regime. Empirically this conceptualization of ‘identity’ utilizes the following measures: (a) pride in being Portuguese, (b) pride in being European, (c) satisfaction with national political regime, (d) satisfaction with EU membership or larger European political regime. The research draws its framework from Baum and Glatzer’s article “Incomplete Modernity or Typically Modern? Portuguese National Identity in an Era of Rapid Transition” for their description of Portuguese national identity from the late nineteenth century to the current democratic regime. It approaches the question theoretically by utilizing literature that describes: why the Portuguese have had an absence of national identity-building critical junctures, social identity theory, the impact of accession to a supranational political regime, the impact of a shared currency , and the impact of discourses.

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