Flemish and Non-Flemish Perceptions of Flemish National Identity as Manifested in Online News Sources

Deborah DeCloedt Pincon


The purpose of this content analysis is to gain greater understanding of the ways in which the Flemish and non-Flemish perceptions differ with regard to Flemish national identity. This research is important because these perceptions continue to influence the Flemish national narrative, and because understanding the ways in which these perceptions differ is of concern to Belgians challenged with reconciling the existence of multiple national identities. Alexander Dhoest’s (2003) conceptualization of four themes common to national narratives―shared history, shared culture, national language, and national character―provide the analytical framework for this study.

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