1st Edition

New Europe
Imagined Spaces

ISBN 9780340760550
Published January 30, 2004 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

New Europe: Imagined Spaces traces the radical transformation of European places and spaces over the last two decades. Instead of the familiar 'schoolbook' map of a Europe of nation-states, the book unpacks the differing imaginations of European identity in recent years. Taking as its central problem the fluid nature of cultural and political identity, it moves firmly away from - and calls into question - the perspective of the nation-state as the primary source of imagined identity for Europeans.

The book contributes to key debates, such as the emerging Europe of the Regions and the return of the city-state, examines the 'rebranding' of the nation-state and explores the impact of 'Europeanisation' on existing place identity. Emphasising mobility and movement, the chapters explore borderlands and travel, and also include a detailed discussion of the 'everyday life' of Europeans. Throughout, iconic images of contemporary Europe are invoked: Eurodisney, the Reichstag, Barcelona's Ramblas and the Bilbao Guggenheim, and the way in which mundane artefacts and practices such as football, walking, cars, food, passports and the Euro help construct identity is considered.

New Europe: Imagined Spaces adopts a multidisciplinary approach to studying Europe, providing students with an exploration of contemporary European space and place identity.

Table of Contents

1 The Europeanisation of Europe
      Europe as a political project
      The invention of Europe
      Holiday driving
      Brussels as capital of Europe
      Europe and its others: America, Islam, and enlargement
2 Europe and the nation
      Representing the nation
      The national routine
      Global media flows and national identities
      Euro Disney
      Rebranding the nation
      Urban landscapes and national identity
      Europeanising the nation
3 Regional renaissance
      A Europe of the Regions?
      Why the resurgence of regional identities?
      Global or local? Regionalism as a political project
      The Bilbao Guggenheim
4 A Europe of the Cities?
      The European city: 4 approaches
      The City and the street
      Transnationalism and the European city
      Mayors and city politics
      The Vatican and Global Catholicism
      Disembedding cities: football and television
5 Travelling Europeans
      Discursive mobilities
      Corporeal travel
      Geographies of speed and movement
6 Borderlands and barriers
      Schengenland and Europe’s external borders
      Concepts of the border
      The Berlin Wall
      Cross-border regions
      The Channel Tunnel
7 Metroworld
      Europe’s metroworld
      Maspero’s ‘Roissy Express’
      Consumer landscapes

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Donald McNeill is Associate Professor at the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. He is the author of Urban Change and the European Left: Tales from the New Barcelona (Routledge, 1999).


This book tackles exactly the issues we explore!
Dr M Kneafsey, Coventry University, UK

An excellent 'alternative' to the traditional accounts of the european project...witty and entertaining with an appropriate account of further sources and reading. McNeill educates with humour.

Dr R Rogerson
University of Strathclyde

An excellent and contemporary intercultural study - accessible to non specialists and imaginative in approach.

Dr Morgan, Anglia Polytechnic University