Where and when was Europe? Europeanness and its Relationship to Migration

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-32
JournalNational Identities
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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