|Editor||P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Innovative Practice and Research Trends in Identity, Citizenship and Education|
This is the fifth and final paper of a series on the project undertaken as part of a Jean Monnet professorship. Prior papers (Ross, 2010, 2011, 2013; Ross et al, 2012) have reported on the Baltic and Visegrad states, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Iceland and Cyprus. This paper focuses on three states formed out of the former Yugoslavia – Slovenia, a member of the EU since 2004, Croatia joined in 2013, and Macedonia is a candidate country. What discourses do young people use to construct their sense of identity – in relation to both their potential national identity and their potential European identity? Based on 35 focus groups (216 young people), I examine their constructions, drawing on Bruter’s (2005) model of ‘civic’ and ‘cultural’ axes of identity, Jamieson and Grundy’s (2007) descriptions of ‘passionate’ and ‘indifferent’ Europeanism, and Fulbrook’s (2011) concept of generational change in political socialisation.