London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Young people's discursive constructions of European identities

Author(s) Pinto, M.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
For over 20 years the European Commission has tried to promote a sense of Europeanness through education, but the meaning of this is contested. For some, European identity is associated with the European Union, and for others in Western Europe is linked culturally to Greco-Roman civilisation and Christianity, with eastern contributions barely mentioned. Some argue that European identity is formed in relationship to the other, be it America, the East or Islam. It is also seen as part of the EU's ideological project to fight discrimination, racism and xenophobia and to promote values of tolerance and respect. This paper considers different ways young people in Belgium, Luxembourg and England construct European identity by examining the discourses they use in constructions of Europeanness.

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