London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Moving borders, crossing boundaries: Young peoples’ identities in a time of change 2 - Central Europe: Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia

Author(s) Ross, A.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
This is the second of a series of presentations from 2010 to 2014, based on the development of the project being undertaken under the aegis of the Jean Monnet Professorship. A previous paper (Ross, 2010) reported on the Baltic States and Turkey. This paper reports findings on four central European states. I have held a series of focus groups with pupils (some aged c 12 years old, some c 16 years old) and some of their teachers in four countries that joined the Union seven years ago (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary). I am trying to establish the discourses these young people use to construct their sense of identities, particularly with reference to the idea of possibly holding a European identity, or not. The survey is deliberately small scale and discursive, trying to avoid the pre-construction of categories by the researchers, and attempting to make an analysis through 'one pair of eyes', using some forms of discourse analysis that have been adapted to be used in the context of a range of languages. This study of the development of analytic themes should help us explore how young people variously engage with the development of their identities in the context of changing borders and boundaries in Europe.

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