Where and when was Europe? : Europeanness and its relationship migration
Title: Where and when was Europe? : Europeanness and its relationship migration
Author: PATEL, Kiran Klaus
Citation: National identities, 2013, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 21-32
Series/Number: [Migration Policy Centre]
ISSN: 1460-8944 - 1469-9907
The article discusses the concepts of Europeanness and of European identity. In analyzing these phenomena, it makes the case for adopting a social constructivist approach. It stresses the fact that for a long time, Europeanness has remained a rather rare form of identification. Because of its hybrid and polysemic meanings, Europe should not be too readily identified with the European Union. Migration is a particularly insightful lens for the study of Europeanness in its historical and contemporary dimensions, highlighting intercultural encounters that have played a crucial role in turning Europe into a relevant point of reference.
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