Politik: Nationalismus

Nationalismus hat in Deutschland den Charakter eines Schimpfwortes angenommen. Nationalismus ist konsquent negativ konnotiert und mit Rassismus verwoben. Zuweilen ist es, wenn man einen klaren Blick auf ein sozialwissenschaftliches Konzept und seine Verwendung in einem Land gewinnen will, sehr hilfreich, mit den Augen eines Wissenschaftlers auf das Konzept zu blicken, der Deutschland von außen betrachtet:

quote“In Germany, nationalism has never solely meant pride in one’s government. It has meant pride and support for the German nation (Volk). Moreover, it is because this nation has never been unified under one government that the term has not come to be synonymous, as in France or the USA, with a political entity. ‘Germans’ have been defined not only as people who share a common language and culture (the notion behind the popular German term Kulturnation) but also common blood or lineage (in German Abstammung). In fact, the Basic Law defines das Volk in accordance with the legal concept of jus sanguinis (citizenship by blood lineage), which includes as members of the nation millions of ethnic Germans who live outside the borders of the Federal Republic. … The German nation is also that group of people who collectively and historically bears responsibility for the Holocaust. Moreover, the experience of the Holocaust profoundly shapes the understanding of nationalism…” (Peter O’Brien, Beyond the Swastika, p.6-7)