English title: Measurement Equivalence Across Subnational Groups: An Analysis of the Conception of Nationhood in Switzerland

Author(s): Oriane Sarrasin - Eva G. T. Green - André Berchtold - Eldad Davidov -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013

Abstract

Because of their higher status, members of national majorities (e.g., linguistic, ethnic, or religious) are likely to develop a stronger sense of ownership of the nation than members of national minorities (Sidanius, Feshbach, Levin, & Pratto, 1997), which is reflected in a stronger attachment to the nation as a whole (e.g., Staerkle´, Sidanius, Green, & Molina, 2010). Accordingly, members of national majorities are expected to hold a stricter conception of nationhood, that is, to be stricter regarding who should or should not belong to the national community (Kunovich, 2009). Based on data from two large surveys (European Social Survey [ESS] 2002 and International Social Survey Programme [ISSP] 2003), the present study tests this expectation by comparing conceptions of nationhood across the two largest linguistic subnational groups in Switzerland.

Volume: 25

Issue: 4

From page no: 522

To page no: 534

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1093/IJPOR/EDS033

Journal: International journal of public opinion research

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