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Integracja europejska jako samokolonizacja?
European Integration as Self-Colonization?

The Appropriation of Postcolonial Theory by Polish Eurosceptics

Author(s): Joanna Fomina
Subject(s): EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Czasu Kultury

Summary/Abstract: The Euroscepticism displayed today by the Polish right can be seen as a narrative of self-colonization. In this narrative, European integration is nothing more than another attempt to colonize Poland, fraught with negative social and economic impacts, and carried out by a pro-European elite suffering from post-colonial syndrome. Pro-European political elites are presented as turncoats betraying ‘Polishness’ and realizing the interests of Western countries. The average supporters of European integration are seen as “ignorant masses” who need to be made aware of and freed from their oppression. The Polish right wing has appropriated elements of postcolonial theory, contributing to the formation of an undeservedly negative image of the European Union among part of Polish society.

  • Issue Year: XXXII/2016
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 100-107
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish