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The narration of Europe in 'national' and 'post-national' terms: gauging the gap between normative discourses and people's views

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posted on 23.10.2014, 09:18 by Marco Antonsich
Among scholars and intellectuals, Europe is often celebrated as a post-national space, i.e. a space built around cosmopolitan values rather than culturally and/or ethnically specific factors. This view is also often sketched in normative terms, being rarely based on what people actually think of this post-national Europe. The present article essays to fill this gap, by focusing on two post-national questions: is European identity constructed in the absence of an Other? Does Europe stand for the separation of the ‘cultural’ from the ‘political’? Relying on qualitative information collected in four regional case studies in Western Europe, this article maintains that the ‘post-national’ view finds expression also among people. Yet, it coexists with a ‘national’ view, which continues to shape how people see themselves and the world, Europe included. The paper argues that it is exactly in the interaction, at times contradictory, between these two views that the normative idea of Europe as a post-national space should be analyzed.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

European Journal of Social Theory

Volume

11

Issue

4

Pages

505 - 522

Citation

ANTONSICH, M., 2008. The narration of Europe in 'national' and 'post-national' terms: gauging the gap between normative discourses and people's views. European Journal of Social Theory, 11 (4), pp.505-522.

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© Sage

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SMUR (Submitted Manuscript Under Review)

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Publication date

2008

Notes

This is the submitted version of an article published in The European Journal of Social Theory. The final published version is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368431008097009

ISSN

1368-4310

eISSN

1461-7137

Language

en

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