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Europe and its Problem With Identity in the Globalized World
Europe and its Problem With Identity in the Globalized World

Author(s): Stanisław Konopacki
Subject(s): Geography, Regional studies, Globalization, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Právnická fakulta Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci
Keywords: European identity; other; exclusion;

Summary/Abstract: The article addresses the question whether Europe and the European Union and its Member states is ready to meet this challenge of encounter with the Other? Expression of doubts regarding this question is followed by the argument that the main reason of Europe’s inability to face this challenge is rooted within this part of its identity which is based on the exclusion and fear of the Other. “The big closure” – as defined by Foucault – played not only a negative, excluding role, but first and foremost it had a profound impact on mobilisation and organisation. Thanks to the exclusion of others, the “unreasonable”, the world was becoming more rational, orderly and uniform. The presence of the “asocial”, the unuseful, allowed to organise the entire society as a whole in a more functional way. Final part of the article shows some indication how this weakness present in European identity might be overcome.

  • Issue Year: 1/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 56-69
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English