Europeanization, Collective Identity and Public Discourses
137 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2010
Date Written: March 11, 2010
IDNET is an interdisciplinary research network dedicated to questions of European identity, comprising political scientists, sociologists, psychologists and historians. Its primary objective was to investigate the processes by which, and the outcomes with which, Europeanisation impacts upon and transforms collective identities relating to the nation-state. Mass media and public discourses as well as individuals’ direct interactions in more private settings were analysed to this effect, with a special emphasis on various forms of socialization processes. Regarding the outcomes of processes of identity formation and change, particular attention was paid to the identification with Europe as opposed to, or in addition to, other collectivities; and to the substantive memories and values constituting a European identity. Process- and outcome-oriented perspectives were combined in analyses of the existence and the character of a European public sphere, as well as in discussions of the Eastern enlargement and its impact on European and national identities.
Keywords: EU, collective identity, public discourse, political psychology, Europeanization
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