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The Meanings of Europe Changes and Exchanges of a Contested Concept

Edited By Claudia Wiesner, Meike Schmidt-Gleim Copyright 2014
    284 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    302 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    What is Europe? What are the contents of the concept of Europe? And what defines European identity? Instead of only asking these classical questions, this volume also explores who asks these questions, and who is addressed with such questions. Who answers the questions, from which standpoints and for what reasons? Which philosophical, historical, religious or political traditions influence the answers? This book addresses its task in three parts. The first concentrates on the controversies around the meaning of Europe. The second focuses on the role of the European Union. The third discusses Europe and its relations to different types of otherness, or rather, non-European-ness. The volume produces a complex and plural picture of the concepts, ideas, debates and (ex)changes associated with the concept of Europe, and has a clear significance for today’s debates on European identity, Europeanization, and the EU.

    The Meanings of Europe: Introduction  Meike Schmidt-Gleim and Claudia Wiesner  Part I: Meanings of Europe  1. The Plural Meanings of Europe: A Historical Task  Nere Basabe  2. Europe and the Spectre of the Barbarian  Meike Schmidt-Gleim  3. In the Grip of Marranism: The Other Within Europe´s Multiple Modernities  Paola Ferruta  4. "In Europe There Are Positions to Defend": The 1930s and Walter Benjamin’s Jewish Ark  Marc Berdet  5. Parliamentarism as a European Type of Polity: Constructing the Presidentialism Versus Parliamentarism Divide in Walter Bagehot’s English Constitution  Kari Palonen  Part II: Europe and the EU  6. From Safeguarding Peace in Europe to Financial Crisis: Old Questions and New Challenges of European Integration  Claudia Wiesner  7. The Symbolical Revocation of Symbolism: The Lisbon Treaty  Hans Lietzmann  8. The Paradoxes of a European Citizenship  Helmut Dubiel  9. Constructing Europe as an Area via EU Documents on Citizenship and Culture  Katja Mäkinen  10. Assigning Meaning to (EU-)Europe Through Cultural Policy: European Capitals of Culture  Emilia Palonen  11. Euro-Zone Crisis and Parliamentary Democracy: Lessons from the Greek Case  Anthoula Malkopoulou  Part III: Europeanness and Non-Europeanness  12. Scenes of Voting: Reactions to the Swiss Referendum on the Ban on the Construction of Minarets (2009) in Switzerland and Germany  Andreas Langenohl  13. Translating Citizenship: On Some Pitfalls and the Politics of Meaning in the Definition of "Europeanness"  Stefan Nowotny  14. "Wherever You Go, You Will Be the Polis": Europe Without Borders  Tuija Parvikko  15. Shaping New Russian Identity: Discourses of "Inclusion/Exclusion in Europe"  Galina Zvereva  16. Europe’s Ends  Kalypso Nicolaidis


    Claudia Wiesner is Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Finnish Research Centre in Political Thought and Conceptual Change, Jyväskylä.
    Meike Schmidt-Gleim is Director of the research project “Atlas of Arcadia” at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria.