London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Intersecting identities: young people’s constructions of identity in south-east Europe

Author(s) Ross, A.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
This is the fourth in a series of presentations based on the development of a project being undertaken under the aegis a Jean Monnet Professorship. Previous papers (Ross 2010, 2011, Ross et al. 2012) reported on the Baltic states, the Visegrad states, Turkey, Iceland and Cyprus. This paper focuses on two European Union states that border the Black Sea, Romania and Bulgaria. What discourses do young people use to construct their sense of identities, in relation to their potential national identity and potential European identity? I examine these in the context of Bruter’s (2005) thesis that identities can be constructed round institutional or cultural axes; Jamieson and Grundy’s (2007) descriptions of ‘passionate’ and ‘indifferent’ Europeanism, and the emerging descriptions of generational changes in identity, reported variously by Fulbrook (2011) and Miller-Idriss (2009). In these two counties there was an ambivalence expressed about the extent to which the countries could be described as ‘European’, that suggests a degree of liminality. I suggest that there are significant differences between the constructions of identities in these two locations when compared to other new EU states. Keywords: identities, social construction, Bulgaria, Romania

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