Keeping the European faith : collective identity before and after the Euro-crisis
Title: Keeping the European faith : collective identity before and after the Euro-crisis
Citation: Partecipazione e conflitto, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 509-531
Series/Number: [Migration Policy Centre]
ISSN: 1972-7623; 2035-6609
External link: http://siba-ese.unisalento.it/index.php/paco
Media discourses have conveyed the message that European identity has been severely undermined by the Euro-crisis. We test this contention with Eurobarometer data. Conceptually we distinguish two dimensions of collective identity: 'image' and 'belonging'. We surmise that economic downturns can alter the superficial layer of identity (image-like assessments), but not its underlying substance (belonging-like assessments) which depends on deeply ingrained socio-psychological mechanisms. These two dimensions are expected to be affected by the crisis in different ways: the image being a more volatile reflection of historical circumstances, and the sense of belonging being more stable over time.
Published: 15 November 2014
Type of Access: openAccess
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