9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN32 Political Sociology

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Europe, Europeanization and Civil Society Building I, 2E9

The Feeling of National and European Identity in the Globalization Era

In our days, the explanation of the social consequences and forms of manifestation of the globalization require a multidimensional and interdisciplinary analysis.
The present work only aims at looking into one aspect of the problem: revealing the way globalization influences national identity. The questions which this problem raises are: does the more and more intense globalization process lead to diminishing the feeling of attachment towards one's nationality and country of origin? Does the feeling of attachment towards one's nationality and country of origin become less consistent, significant and perennial in time? And, if they do, what are the consequences of this process?
Sociological research accomplished in Europe has proven that, although most of the people -especially young people - perceive globalization in a positive way, they feel basically attached to their country of origin.
However, this is not the same in Romania, where national pride reaches low quotas, since the citizens' feeling of attachment to their nation is an emotional manifestation, and not a social practice. In Romania social trust and cooperation reach lower quotas than in the EU countries and the US.