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Bringing the demos back in: people's views on 'EUropean identity'

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posted on 29.10.2014, 09:31 by Marco Antonsich
The creation of a EUropean demos is often debated by referring to forms of ethnic or civic identities. The present article aims to expose the theoretical shortcomings of this dichotomous approach, which confines the complexity of EUrope within a simplifying methodological nationalism. By relying on empirical data collected in four different EUropean regions, the article points to the relevance of a functional or utilitarian rationale which EUropean interviewees use to justify the existence of EUrope. Although this rationale does not obliterate cultural and civic narrations of EUrope, I would argue that it invites to reconsider the traditional role played by identities in the construction of political institutions. Accordingly, I believe that scholars should take more seriously the metaphor ‘EUrope as a laboratory’ – a convenient, but often empty metaphor.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

EUROPEAN SOCIETIES

Volume

14

Issue

4

Pages

484 - 501 (18)

Citation

ANTONSICH, M., 2012. BRINGING THE DEMOS BACK IN: people's views on 'EUropean identity'. European Societies, 14 (4), pp. 484 - 501.

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© Taylor & Francis

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2012

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in European Societies on 13 Sep 2012, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14616696.2012.724575

ISSN

1461-6696

Language

en

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