Transnational Actors and Stories of European Integration: Clash of Narratives (Hardcover)

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Transnational Actors and Stories of European Integration: Clash of Narratives By Wolfram Kaiser (Editor), Richard McMahon (Editor) Cover Image
By Wolfram Kaiser (Editor), Richard McMahon (Editor)
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This book makes a major contribution to understanding European politics and identity. It examines how politicians, cultural elites, and other actors fight over Europe's future with words and stories, telling narratives about European integration in different political, social, and cultural contexts. The chapters explore how actors formulate stories to make sense of Europe's past and contemporary challenges and to legitimise their own positions and preferences. The contributors explore themes ranging from divisive stories about the European Union (EU), mobilised in institutional reform referendums, to the top-down deployment of legitimising narratives by EU institutions, religiously inspired apocalyptic narratives of European unity, and stories about nations and Europe told by museums and academics. Combined, the chapters of this book are essential reading for everyone interested in Europe's common past and contemporary challenges, and the EU's highly contested nature in times of apparently increasing disintegration.

About the Author

Wolfram Kaiser is Professor of European Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He has published widely on contemporary European history and politics including Writing the Rules for Europe (with J. Schot) and International Organizations and Environmental Protection (edited with J.H. Meyer).Richard McMahon is a lecturer in EU politics at University College London. He has written widely on national and European identity, in the context of European integration, including a monograph entitled The Races of Europe: Construction of National Identities in the Social Sciences, 1839-1939.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780367086466
ISBN-10: 0367086468
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: November 20th, 2018
Pages: 146
Language: English