1.14 Contending Non-nationalist Loyalties
Should nation be the foundation of identity?
- People may have non-nationalist loyalties such as religion, culture, race, ideology, class, and geographic region.
- People with different nationalist and non-nationalist loyalties may contend (conflict) with each other.
- Reconciling contending nationalist and non-nationalist loyalties requires effort.
What are Non-nationalist Loyalties?Non-nationalist loyalties can be in conflict in a multicultural (or multination) state. People may be torn between their own non-nationalist loyalties and loyalty to their country. The diagram below illustrates some of the non-nationalist loyalties Canadians may find contend with their loyalty to Canada.
The chart below explores non-nationalist identities.
|Religious Loyalty||Loyalty based on religious beliefs and values||Native Spirituality, Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu|
|Regional Loyalty||Loyalty based on the people living within a geographic area and the interests of the people living there||Maritimes, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Northern territories, Edmonton, Taber|
|Cultural Loyalty||Loyalty based on a shared way of life of a group of people||Syrian, Inuit, Métis, French (Québécois)|
|Racial or Ethnic Loyalty||Loyalty based on a similar racial background or ethnic group||Aboriginal, Asian, Hispanic, African, Italian|
|Ideological Loyalty||Loyalty based on similar ideas about how a society should work, or loyalty to a social cause||Liberal, Conservative, Socialist, environmentalism, feminism|
|Class Loyalty||Loyalty based on a similar social group in society||Blue collar workers, middle income, low income, upper class|
So, what's the difference between nationalist loyalty and a non-nationalist loyalty? The answer to this question is not always easy to determine. And, sometimes they are more difficult to manage due to the potential for conflict.
|Go to your textbook, Understanding Nationalism , and read page 88. This page will help you begin to understand the difference between nationalist loyalty and non-nationalist loyalty.|
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