The Construction of European Identity among Ethnic Minorities: ‘Euro-Minorities’ in Generational Perspective, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Construction of European Identity among Ethnic Minorities

‘Euro-Minorities’ in Generational Perspective, 1st Edition

By Natalia Waechter


208 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138364646
pub: 2019-07-17
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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


About the Author

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

About the Series

Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series

Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series

The Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations series has been at the forefront of research in its field for over ten years. The series has built an international reputation for cutting edge theoretical work, for comparative research, particularly on Europe, and for nationally-based studies with broader relevance to international issues. Published in association with the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER), Utrecht University, it draws contributions from the best international scholars in the field, offering an interdisciplinary perspective on some of the key issues facing the contemporary world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General