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European Identity: Europe as its own “Other”
European Identity: Europe as its own “Other”

Author(s): Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Uniwersytet Ignatianum w Krakowie
Keywords: Europe; EU; European identity; identity construction; Other

Summary/Abstract: This paper explores the question of European identity not in terms of a concept but rather in terms of a process. It argues that it is within the identity construction process one can find the answers whether or not the idea of European identity is feasible. The paper proceeds as follows. Initially some conceptual debates are critically discussed in order to clarify the mode of enquiry. This leads to a discussion on the identity construction process in the European context and in particular the role of the “Other” is analysed. Arguing that the process of European identity formation is so arduous because Europe is its own “Other,” this paper attempts to shed new light on the hazards inherent to the Europeanisation phenomenon and in particular to the project of European identity construction.

  • Issue Year: 5/2014
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 31-49
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English