This book is concerned with European identities among ethnic minorities who live along the eastern border of the European Union. Based on findings from quantitative and qualitative empirical research conducted with minority groups in eight nation-states on both sides of the new eastern border of the EU, it investigates their attitudes and perceptions of the EU based on their constructions of European identity. Adopting a comparative approach, the author explores different processes of identity construction across several age and ethnic minority groups, to develop a theory of European identities in which ethnic identities can be seen as a missing link in explaining relationships between different national, regional and supranational identities. With new insights regarding the political, cultural and instrumental contents of European identity and its emergence, this volume will appeal to scholars of sociology and politics with interests in ethnic identity, European integration and identity research.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Theories and State-of-the-Art 3. Beyond the State-of-the-Art 4. Methodology and Empirical Design 5. Historical, Political and Social Contexts of Ethnic Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe 6. Quantitative Results 7. Qualitative Results 8. Conclusions: What do we learn from Euro-minorities? Appendix 1: Questionnaire Appendix 2: Interview Transcript Rules
Natalia Waechter is Professor of Pedagogy and Youth Research at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Germany. She is European Vice President of the RC34 (Sociology of Youth) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and editorial member of the Austrian Journal of Sociology and of Emerging Adulthood. She is also editor of Identities in Central and Eastern Europe: The Construction and Interplay of European, National and Ethnic Identities