What identity for Europe? : communication, memory, and citizenship

Part of : Το βήμα των κοινωνικών επιστημών ; Vol.ΙΔ, No.55, 2009, pages 13-28

The purpose of this article is the debate around the European identity. Two types of political identification are taken into account, sustaining the idea of the nation from a cultural and ethnic point of view or from a civic and political perspective. From here, the discussion will center on the possibility of a European identity and to what extent that identity will be shared by citizens from different nationalities. As will be demonstrated, communication plays a crucial role: as a form of participating and asserting the difference, and associating the universalism of the normative principles to the particularism of the concrete forms of identification. Finally, we suggest the conception of a European identity that reflects, simultaneously, a historical and cultural ballast in which people can trust, and on its own civic culture that, respecting the identities recognizes sensibilities, interests, the arguments.
Subject (LC):
european identity, national identity, ethnicity, constitutional patriotism, communication
Περιέχει βιβλιογραφία, Το άρθρο περιέχεται στο special issue: from a national identity to a European one, J. A. Spinthourakis & I. Kamarianos, guest editors