ONBound - Old and new boundaries: National Identities and Religion

In times of globalization on the one hand, and growing divergence also within society e.g. in terms of wealth and life chances on the other hand, national and religious identities seem to re-gain salience as markers for exclusion, or inclusion, for a differentiation between "us" and "them".


The ONBound project (funded by DFG) seeks to increase the understanding of how national and religious identities are intertwined, or exclude each other, in the modern world. On this purpose, we browsed a vast array of existing individual level and contextual data and built a database that offers the opportunity for scientific research to explore these issues. Beyond individual-level survey data the database contains relevant country-level indicators for research questions on one or both topics. The time frame reaches from 1970 until today for the individual- and from 1945 until today for the country-level data. Due to copyright restrictions, researchers need to download the original datasets from the original sources. Thereupon, ONBound provides a set of customized syntax files for cumulation and harmonization of the data, to be accessed via the ONBound Harmonization Wizard.


These documents give you a profound overview on what data to expect:

Overview micro data (2.40 MB)  -  Micro data documentation (632 kB)  -  Macro data documentation (729 kB)

ONBound User Guide (677 kB)

Data Citation

Bechert, Insa, May, Antonia, Quandt, Markus and Werhan, Katharina.2020. ONBound - Old and new boundaries: National Identities and Religion. Customized dataset. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. http://onbound.gesis.org/wizard. [Date of dataset compilation]. 

User Guide Citation

May, Antonia, Werhan, Katharina, Bechert, Insa and Quandt, Markus (2020): ONBound User Guide. Retrieved from URL http://onbound.gesis.org/wizard. [date of download].  

ONBound Cumulation and Harmonization

Dr. Insa Bechert, Dr. Markus Quandt, Antonia May, Katharina Werhan

Contact onbound@gesis.org

ONBound, Focucing on the sub-project ‘Religion and Nation in Constitutions worldwide (RNCw)’

Data included in ONBound data base

Prof. Annette Schnabel, Kathrin Behrens

(both Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf,

Harmonization Wizard

Dr. Brigitte Mathiak, Matthäus Zloch

International Collaborators

Prof. Dr. Ferruccio Biolcati-Rinaldi and Dr. Cristiano Vezzoni (both University of Milan, Italy)

Prof. Dr. Mikael Hjerm (University of Umea, Sweden)

Quandt, Markus, and Vera Lomazzi. 2017. "“Faith, Love, and Hope, These Three”: On the (Non-) Effects of Christian Religiosity on Citizens’ Identification with Europe." Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia 58 (4): 831-860.

Schnabel, Annette (2018): Religion, Nation - same, same, but different? In: Annette Schnabel, Melanie Reddig und Heidemarie Winkel (Hrg.): Religion im Kontext/Religion in Context. Handbuch für Wissenschaft und Studium. Baden-Baden: Noms, S. 287-305

Annette Schnabel, Kathrin Behrens & Florian Grötsch (2017): Religion in European constitutions – cases of different secularities, European Societies. DOI:10.1080/14616696.2017.1334946