How to examine attitudes to a homeland? Towards the typology of irredentism
The specific aims of the article are to scrutinise the most meaningful works on irredentism published in last years, establish the distinctive features of the types of irredentism, and determine the criteria of the typology formulation. The qualitative content analysis of secondary literature is employed to examine methodological and theoretical approaches towards a theoretical category of irredentism application to empirical studies. This article compares and evaluates them critically to solve two research problems: what types of pitfalls occur when formulating a theoretical category of irredentism and employing it to empirical studies, and how to improve analytical value of this category using the ideal typical approach. The main purpose of the article is to construct the typology of irredentism which would make methodological contribution to social science. It applies the method of ideal types in Max Weber’s view to phrase the set of theoretical categories which constitute the gradual typology outlined according to the homogenous criterion of the extent of the valorisation of the homeland.
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