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Transnational Identities : Becoming European in the Eu - Richard K. Herrmann

Transnational Identities

Becoming European in the Eu

By: Richard K. Herrmann (Editor), Thomas Risse (Editor), Marilynn B. Brewer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th April 2004
ISBN: 9780742530072
Number Of Pages: 305

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This original work explores the increasingly important phenomenon of the formation of transnational identity. Considering the ongoing relevance of the European Union, the contributors ask a series of intriguing questions: Is a European identity possible? How are the various types of European identity formed and maintained? How are these identities linked to the process of European integration? Examining the psychological, institutional, and political mechanisms that encourage or impede identification with transnational groups, the book considers these theoretical questions in light of new evidence drawn from a rich body of primary research, including field experiments, in-depth interviews with elites, and public opinion surveys. Brought together for the first time, social psychologists, sociologists, political scientists, and ethnographers share their theoretical and methodological perspectives in tackling the common issues surrounding the emergence of "European" as a political identity. Paying special attention to the role of the institutions of the EU, the authors investigate the impact of neo-functionalist strategies and find that the processes of identity formation are far more complicated than can be explained by material and institutional factors alone. The authors engage in a fruitful dialogue about how much a European identity exists and how much it matters as they delve into the sources of disagreement and their implications.

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This imaginative, multidisciplinary volume probes Europe's transnational identities by bringing together the work of political scientists, social psychologists, ethnographers, historians, and linguists. Differences in approach and findings convey a complex and nuanced understanding of central issues in European politics. Teachers and students interested in the evolving European polity will want to read this impressive collection.--Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University

Prefacep. vii
Identities and Institutions: Becoming European in the EUp. 1
The Social Psychology of Identity Change
Identity Change in the Context of the Growing Influence of European Union Institutionsp. 25
European Identity: A Social-Psychological Perspectivep. 40
National Differences and European Plurality: Discrimination or Tolerance between European Countriesp. 59
Identity within the EU Institutions at the Elite Level
The European Union and Its Institutions as "Identity Builders"p. 75
National and Transnational Identities: European and Other Identities Constructed in Interviews with EU Officialsp. 97
EU Correspondents in Brussels: Between Europe and the Nation-Statep. 129
European Identity among Non-elites
More than Nationals: How Identity Choice Matters in the New Europep. 161
Civic and Cultural Components of a European Identity: A Pilot Model of Measurement of Citizens' Levels of European Identityp. 186
Europe Viewed from Below: Agents, Victims, and the Threat of the Otherp. 214
Comparisons and Lessons
European Institutions and Identity Change: What Have We Learned?p. 247
Referencesp. 273
Indexp. 295
About the Contributorsp. 303
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ISBN: 9780742530072
ISBN-10: 0742530078
Series: Governance in Europe (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 305
Published: 28th April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 15.75  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.42