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The return of the Kings: Temporality in the construction of EU identity

Petersson, Bo LU and Hellström, Anders LU (2003) In European Societies 5(3). p.235-252
Abstract
The authors analyze how pro-federative representatives of the European Commission exploit the temporal dimension of identity construction within the EU. The paper shows, through the analysis of speeches and statements of Commission members, how efforts are made to construct a common past and visualize a common future to enhance common identities within the EU. The common past is invoked through recurrent claims that Europe is on the point of being reunified, and, most prominently, through references to the words and deeds of the Founding Fathers of the EU, notably Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman. This near past seems to make up the affective glue most counted upon to promote common identifications. Furthermore, the temporal dimension is... (More)
The authors analyze how pro-federative representatives of the European Commission exploit the temporal dimension of identity construction within the EU. The paper shows, through the analysis of speeches and statements of Commission members, how efforts are made to construct a common past and visualize a common future to enhance common identities within the EU. The common past is invoked through recurrent claims that Europe is on the point of being reunified, and, most prominently, through references to the words and deeds of the Founding Fathers of the EU, notably Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman. This near past seems to make up the affective glue most counted upon to promote common identifications. Furthermore, the temporal dimension is used to invoke visions pertaining to the near future, here labelled the common near. Most often, these visions deal with the favourable and harmonious conditions to arise once the current enlargement is completed. (Less)
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Politisk kommunikation, Politik i Europa, European identity, European Commission, identity construction, temporality, Founding Fathers, enlargement
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European Societies
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5
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3
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235 - 252
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Taylor & Francis
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1461-6696
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10.1080/1461669032000111298
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English
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  author       = {Petersson, Bo and Hellström, Anders},
  issn         = {1461-6696},
  keyword      = {Politisk kommunikation,Politik i Europa,European identity,European Commission,identity construction,temporality,Founding Fathers,enlargement},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {235--252},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {European Societies},
  title        = {The return of the Kings: Temporality in the construction of EU identity},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461669032000111298},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {2003},
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