English title: Globalization and national identity: Monitoring Greek culture today

Author(s): Y. Voulgaris -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2006


Among the ESS countries, Greece occupies a particular place, as it is characterized by a marked orientation towards conservative values, which are weaved around the concept of national and religious homogeneity. This article, firstly, substantiates this particularity through the use of quantitative tools. Then, it focuses on the apparent contradiction between an increasingly open and democratic society on one hand, and the retreat to the primordial elements of national identity, on the other. Trying to interpret this issue, the article examines some of the actual social, political and cultural processes. With regard to the later, the article proposes the idea of a 'cultural conservatism' which is rooted in the core of the Greek national identity as a by-product of the historical process of its formation during the 'long XIX century'. This core 'cultural conservatism' is materializing from time to time depending on the historical context. Today, this context is provided by the dialectic between the globalization and the national identity, as well as the 'disjunction' between State and Nation that this dialectic produces.

Volume: 5

Issue: 2

From page no: 141

To page no: 153

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1386/PJSS.5.2.141_1

Journal: Portuguese Journal of Social Science

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