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European Identity Revisited

New approaches and recent empirical evidence, 1st Edition

Edited by Viktoria Kaina, Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski, Sebastian Kuhn


272 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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It has been argued that the emergence of a European collective identity would help overcome growing disparity caused by the increasing diversity of today’s European Union, with 28 member states and more than 500 million people.

Research on European integration is facing the pressing question of what holds ‘Europe’ together in times of crisis, growing distributional conflict and instability in its neighbourhood. This book departs from the ideas of group cohesion in the EU, and reflects on the newest dynamics and practices of European identity. Whilst applying innovative qualitative, quantitative and experimental research methods and an interdisciplinary approach, this volume looks at a variety of issues such as European citizenship, mobility of European citizens, space-based identities, dual identities, student identity and value-sharing. In doing so, this volume presents new perspectives on this complex and dynamic subject and points to potential solutions both in the academic discourse and the political practice of the EU.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of European integration, European studies, international relations, citizenship studies, political sociology as well as more broadly in the social sciences.

Table of Contents

Preface Viktoria Kaina and Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski Introduction Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski, Viktoria Kaina and Sebastian Kuhn PART I Theorizing European identity: Recent conceptual perspectives 1 The citizenship-identity nexus in the EU revisited Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski 2 Theorizing European identity: Contributions to constructivist IR debates on collective identity Bahar Rumelili and Münevver Cebeci 3 European identity after Ockham’s razor: European identification Jochen Roose PART II Measuring European identity: New methodological outlooks 4 European Union symbols under threat: Identity considerations Laura Cram and Stratos Patrikios 5 Experimental exposure to the EU energy label: Trust and implicit identification with the EU Philipp Heinrich 6 A Europeanization of identities? Quantitative analysis of space-based collective identities in Europe Katharina Cirlanaru PART III Explaining European identity: fresh empirical evidence 7 Crisis, resilience and EU citizenship: collective identifications of EU migrants in Norway and Denmark Deniz Neriman Duru, Asimina Michaildou and Hans-Jörg Trenz 8 Dual identity and its mechanisms: national and European identity in the Italo-Slovene border area Simona Guglielmi 9 Does immigration contribute to the formation of a European identity? A multi-level analysis in Western Europe Hannes Weber 10 European identity and diffuse support for the European Union in a time of crisis: What can we learn from University students? Kristine Mitchell 11 Commonality and EU identification: The perception of value sharing as a foundation of European identity Tuuli-Marja Kleiner and Nicola Bücker 12 Building ‘us’, and constructing ‘them’: Mass European identity building and the problem of inside-outside-definitions Viktoria Kaina and Sebastian Kuhn ‘In search of the unknown’– An essay on the need of non-knowledge in European identity research Viktoria Kaina

About the Editors

Viktoria Kaina is Full Professor and holds the Chair of Political Science I: State and Governance at the University of Hagen.

Ireneusz P. Karolewski is Professor and holds the Chair of Political Science at the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies, at the University of Wroclaw. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Chair of Political Theory, University of Potsdam.

Sebastian Kuhn is Research Assistant and Lecturer at the Chair of Political Science I: State and Governance at the University of Hagen.

About the Series

Critical European Studies

European Studies as a field of academic inquiry is often conflated with European Union Studies. The result is that many significant trends, processes, and events pertaining to Europe as a whole are not given adequate critical analysis. The Critical European Studies Series aims at filling this gap. Critical European Studies will have a strong grounding in many fields of research in its effort to introduce critical analyses to the study of Europe and the EU that shall be rooted in a broad spectrum of theoretical perspectives. Approaches based upon historiographical, sociological, linguistic, anthropological, post-colonial, ethnographic, philosophical, post-structuralist, feminist, etc. perspectives are particularly welcome, since these frameworks only receive sporadic attention. Without putting into question the value of specific policy approaches, although individual studies in the series might undertake this task, the Critical European Studies book series attempts to bring together alternative approaches to critical analyses of European politics (including European Union politics), while overcoming disciplinary borders and paradigms. Behind this scholarly enterprise stands an enthusiastic embrace of the project and accomplishments of the European Union, but we perceive the EU and European Union Studies in need to consider many different critical correctives of its political ideas and ideals.

The series is edited by Yannis Stivachtis, Virginia Tech.
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Editorial Board

József BOROCZ (Rutgers University, USA) Thomas DIEZ (University of Tuebingen, Germany) Annica KRONSELL (Lund University, Sweden) Timothy W. LUKE (Virginia Tech, USA) Ian MANNERS (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) William OUTHWAITE (Newcastle University, UK) Robert PHILLIPSON (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) Jo SHAW (University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) Gerard TOAL (Virginia Tech, USA) Nathalie TOCCI (Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy) Wilhelm VOSSE (Christian International University, Tokyo, Japan) Mark WEBBER (University of Birmingham, UK) Richard G. WHITMAN (University of Kent, UK) Antje WIENER (University of Hamburg, Germany) Michael WINTLE (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) Nikolaos ZAHARIADIS (University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA) Jan ZIELONKA (University of Oxford, UK).

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