National stereotypes in the context of the European crisis

Aline Sierp*, Christian Karner

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In this article we position the contributions to our special issue in relation to existing scholarship on racism and stereotypes. We pay close attention to conceptual strands in the literature that emphasize two cognitive-discursive characteristics of stereotypes: their essentialist reductions and projections and their metonymical qualities. We then extend our conceptual and thematic map further to include recent discussions of the relationships between national and European identifications, particularly in crisis contexts, and the role of memory politics in them. We conclude with a brief mention of the scope and potential dangers of historical analogies in moments of crisis and fragmentation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalNational Identities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2017


  • Essentialism
  • racism
  • stereotypes
  • crisis
  • national and European identities
  • historical analogies

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