Transnational Identities: Becoming European in the EU

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Richard K. Herrmann, Thomas Risse, Marilynn B. Brewer
Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - 305 страници
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This original work explores the increasingly important phenomenon of the formation of transnational identity. Considering the ongoing relevance of the European Union, the contributors ask a series of intriguing questions: Is a European identity possible? How are the various types of European identity formed and maintained? How are these identities linked to the process of European integration? Examining the psychological, institutional, and political mechanisms that encourage or impede identification with transnational groups, the book considers these theoretical questions in light of new evidence drawn from a rich body of primary research, including field experiments, in-depth interviews with elites, and public opinion surveys. Brought together for the first time, social psychologists, sociologists, political scientists, and ethnographers share their theoretical and methodological perspectives in tackling the common issues surrounding the emergence of "European" as a political identity. Paying special attention to the role of the institutions of the EU, the authors investigate the impact of neo-functionalist strategies and find that the processes of identity formation are far more complicated than can be explained by material and institutional factors alone. The authors engage in a fruitful dialogue about how much a European identity exists and how much it matters as they delve into the sources of disagreement and their implications.

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Identities and Institutions Becoming European in the EU
The Social Psychology of Identity Change
Identity Change in the Context of the Growing Influence of European Union Institutions
European Identity A SocialPsychological Perspective
National Differences and European Plurality Discrimination or Tolerance between European Countries
Identity within the EU Institutions at the Elite Level
The European Union and Its Institutions as Identity Builders
National and Transnational Identities European and Other Identities Constructed in Interviews with EU Officials
More than Nationals How Identity Choice Matters in the New Europe
Civic and Cultural Components of a European Identity A Pilot Model of Measurement of Citizens Levels of European Identity
Europe Viewed from Below Agents Victims and the Threat of the Other
Comparisons and Lessons
European Institutions and Identity Change What Have We Learned?
About the Contributors

EU Correspondents in Brussels Between Europe and the NationState Eugenia Siapera
European Identity among Nonelites

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Richard K. Herrmann is professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Mershon Center, Ohio State University. Thomas Risse is professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences and director of the Center for Transatlantic Foreign and Security Policy, Freie Universität Berlin. Marilynn B. Brewer is professor in the Department of Psychology, Ohio State University.