Božidar Filipović

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Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

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INTERPRETATIONS OF THE NATIONAL INTERESTS – A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

The aim of this paper is to present various interpretations of the concept of national interests in the qualitative research we have conducted. Our qualitative research was carried out as a methodological research of the issue of the validity of the indicators used in a large international quantitative research. The use of the qualitative approach enables us to better understand the meanings attached to the notion of the national interest in the domestic context. The results show certain polarization between meanings referring to an international (or interethnic) context on the one hand, and interpretations concerning the internal problems of the country on the other. A large number of respondents point out the lack of defining national interests, or their continued and consequent implementation.

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