Civic and Ethnic Nationalism: A Dichotomy?

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The article traces the history of and the ideological (ab)uses of the idea of the dichotomy between civic and ethnic nationalism. Arising from the ensuing analysis, it is proposed that civic nationalism is also ethnic in character, yielding the conclusion that civic nationalism should be viewed as a subcategory of ethnic nationalism. This does not fatally undermine the utility of the dichotomy as a heuristic tool of analysis, but implies that the inherent limitations of the dichotomy must be borne in mind.

Conference on Minority Policies in Central and Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective (Menšinové politiky v strednej Európe v komparatívnej perspektíve), Institute of Political Science, Slovak Academy of Sciences (Ústav politických vied SAV, ÚPV SAV), Bratislava, Slovakia.
Period16 Sept 2014
Event titleCivic and Ethnic Nationalism: A Dichotomy?
Event typeOther


  • ethnic nationalism
  • civic nationalism
  • history of ideas
  • categorization of ideas