|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||The Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of race, ethnicity, and nationalism|
|Subtitle of host publication||Volume I: A-Con|
|Place of Publication||Chichester, West Sussex, UK|
|Publisher||John Wiley and Sons|
|State||Published - 30 Dec 2015|
The idea of a “national character” enjoyed great popularity after World War II; declined to a point of oblivion from the 1970s on; and is now being revived following September 11, 2001. The following entry suggests that the social and moral history of the idea of national character is tied to global security contexts. It also suggests that political sensitivities curtailed the use of this highly promising scientific idea. New security challenges may underlie the recent revival of national character in sociology. This entry describes the ups and downs of this idea and explains why its current vogue holds promise for future studies of national idiosyncrasies.