Citizenship, Nation-building and Identity in the EU: The Contribution of Erasmus Student Mobility, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Citizenship, Nation-building and Identity in the EU

The Contribution of Erasmus Student Mobility, 1st Edition

By Cherry James


216 pages

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With Brexit looming, a major issue facing UK Higher Education is whether the UK will be able to stay in the Erasmus Programme. This book sits at the intersection of three main interrelated themes - EU citizenship, the current state of the university in Europe, and student mobility - as they play out in the context of an EU funded programme established not least to promote European identity, European consciousness and European citizenship.

Exploring through interviews with students from many countries, this book weaves together the themes of citizenship creation as a device for building a nation and a polity, the university as a public space in the era of the marketization of higher education, and communicative interaction as the mechanism by which citizenship is created. Ultimately it asks if the building bricks of national citizenship can be transposed to the transnational scale, and assist in creating the transnational, EU citizenship. It finds, surprisingly, that far from encouraging and facilitating the communicative interaction on which the development of EU citizenship was postulated, central features of the Erasmus Programme inadvertently work against this outcome.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of EU law and European and EU studies, Citizenship Studies, sociology, and more broadly to higher education in general.

Table of Contents


1. EU Citizenship: Through a Glass Darkly

2. Universities as Cradles of Citizenship, or, a Special Sort of Public Space

3. The Erasmus Programme in Context

4. The Erasmus Programme and the Language Question

5. "Truly European Citizens?": Students on the Move

6. Conclusions

Epilogue: The Impact of Brexit

About the Author

Cherry James is Senior Lecturer in Law at London South Bank University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

The Contemporary European Studies Series is an outlet for the publication of first-rate research in European Union Studies. The series primarily publishes research monographs but will also consider proposals for research-driven and thematic edited volumes. Although predominantly a Politics/IR and Law series, the series editors are keen to encourage approaches that are interdisciplinary. CES seeks to publish excellent material from both established and new scholars.

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