Europeanisation, National Identities and Migration: Changes by W. Spohn

By W. Spohn

This booklet presents theoretical and empirical dialogue of migration, id and Europeanisation. With contributions from top foreign students, it offers either an summary of theoretical views and a entire set of case experiences, masking either jap and Western Europe. members draw from disciplines reminiscent of ancient sociology, discourse research, social psychology and migration stories, whereas the editors deliver those matters right into a coherent theoretical and historic framework, to debate the emergence of recent collective identities and new borders in Europe at the present time.

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But even on this political level, Europe cannot – at least not while claiming democratic foundations – dispense with a conception of collective identity. Only if we presuppose the collective identity of the demos can we then account for responsibility and historical continuity, decide about membership and citizenship, assume the sovereignty of the people and imagine the unity of collective decisions – in short: conceive of a body politic beyond the volatile coalition of strategic interests (Giesen 2001).

That is why this new European identity based on a collective trauma of Nazism was challenged when the right wing FPÖ party, led by Jörg Haider, entered the Austrian government in 2000. The reason for sharp critique was not the mere existence of right-wing extremism, but the official representation of a member state by a party that is considered to be ridden with Nazism. We may consider the European response to the new Austrian government to be grossly exaggerated – Haider is a right-wing populist not much different from the French LePen or the Italian Fini – but the Austrian case provided an excellent opportunity to emphasise the new collective identity of European nations by staging the deviant case and marking her as an outsider.

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