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European Identity from Below : The Presence of Eurosymbols in Two European Capitals

Dutceac Segesten, Anamaria LU (2012) 19th International Conference of Europeanists organized by the Council for European Studies
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Identity construction processes have been studied at the national level both from top-down (elite driven process) and from bottom-up (popular movements). In the context of European identity research, Billig's argument for "banal nationalism" has been transposed to the scale of the region by Cram under the name "banal europeanism". The present paper wants to test the processes of construction of a European identity from the bottom up through the analysis of eurosymbols, those graphic displays of references to Europe and/or the EU, in three European capitals: Paris, Copenhagen and Bucharest. The three cases represent three different urban environments embedded in three different larger cultures with... (More)
Abstract in Undetermined

Identity construction processes have been studied at the national level both from top-down (elite driven process) and from bottom-up (popular movements). In the context of European identity research, Billig's argument for "banal nationalism" has been transposed to the scale of the region by Cram under the name "banal europeanism". The present paper wants to test the processes of construction of a European identity from the bottom up through the analysis of eurosymbols, those graphic displays of references to Europe and/or the EU, in three European capitals: Paris, Copenhagen and Bucharest. The three cases represent three different urban environments embedded in three different larger cultures with different relationships to the idea of European integration. I argue that political symbols can function as transnational communication tools that may contribute to the creation of a shared European identity. The content or the interpretation given to Europe in these three different contexts may though vary, thus weakening the assumed connection between a shared (symbolic) language and a tighter bond between citizens across the EU. (Less)
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collective identity, European identity, banal europeanism, visual studies, urban ethnography, European Union, Eurosymbols, Paris, Copenhagen
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19th International Conference of Europeanists organized by the Council for European Studies
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Identity construction processes have been studied at the national level both from top-down (elite driven process) and from bottom-up (popular movements). In the context of European identity research, Billig's argument for "banal nationalism" has been transposed to the scale of the region by Cram under the name "banal europeanism". The present paper wants to test the processes of construction of a European identity from the bottom up through the analysis of eurosymbols, those graphic displays of references to Europe and/or the EU, in three European capitals: Paris, Copenhagen and Bucharest. The three cases represent three different urban environments embedded in three different larger cultures with different relationships to the idea of European integration. I argue that political symbols can function as transnational communication tools that may contribute to the creation of a shared European identity. The content or the interpretation given to Europe in these three different contexts may though vary, thus weakening the assumed connection between a shared (symbolic) language and a tighter bond between citizens across the EU.},
  author       = {Dutceac Segesten, Anamaria},
  keyword      = {collective identity,European identity,banal europeanism,visual studies,urban ethnography,European Union,Eurosymbols,Paris,Copenhagen},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {European Identity from Below : The Presence of Eurosymbols in Two European Capitals},
  year         = {2012},
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