Stateless Nations Reconceptualised: Theoretical Framework and Choosing Wales and the Basque Country

  • Sophie Williams


This chapter begins with a summarised review of the existing scholarship, encompassing political science, sociology, social anthropology, social psychology, history and political geography. This determines the most appropriate basis from which to develop understandings of national identity, arguing that greater appreciation of the dually important elements of the ‘national’ and of ‘identity’ deepens understanding of their power and complexity and possibilities for reinvigorated debate. While recognising potential associated difficulties, it argues that an interdisciplinary approach will best improve understanding of this phenomenon and suggests the need to create an ontologically compatible framework to address national identity. The chapter concludes with the creation of this framework, one which is designed to facilitate an interdisciplinary awareness of the field.


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