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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Identity

Pietro Faraguna

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 September 2020

Subject(s):
Nations and national identity — National identity

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Identity is a ‘polysemic concept’ (Toniatti 62), one that can be explored within and by many different social sciences (Appiah; Fukuyama; Lawler; Parekh; Gutman; Tajfel; Madell). This entry explores the concept of identity from the perspective of comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory. However, when the investigation of the concept of ‘identity’ is limited to the public law realm, it is usually considered an ‘essentially contested concept’ (Levinson; Rosenfeld (2010), both referring to WB Gallie’s notion). In fact, the ‘scope and meaning [of...
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