National Identity and Europe in Times of Crisis: Doing and Undoing Europe

Christian Karner
University of Nottingham, UK

Monika Kopytowska
University of Lodz, Poland

Product Details
29 Aug 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
312 pages - 152 x 229mm
The European Union currently finds itself in the midst of its most profound crises since its creation. In the minds and writings of many commentators, politicians and European citizens, these multiple contemporary crises call the very future of the European project into doubt. Against the backdrop of economic and political crises across the continent, this edited collection examines the discursive workings and processes underpinning both the centrifugal and the centripetal political forces currently reshaping Europe and individual nation-states.

This volume strikes an original balance between inter-disciplinary work and a shared analytical engagement with the different methodologies and conceptual approaches provided by political linguistics. This is an edited collection that explores the linguistic manifestations of the competing political forces currently being negotiated within European nation-states and between them. 

The chapters explore the different triggers, dimensions and reactions to recent and current crises across a range of European settings. Crises are thereby shown to give rise to com-plex political fields, in which different assessments and ideological blueprints compete for voters’ attention and support. Nationalism, as the currently most prominent political force, is shown to require analyses capable of shedding light on its wider contexts and its political competitors. 
Introduction: Discursively doing and undoing Europe; Christian Karner, Anna Duszak, Monika Kopytowska
Transnationalism as an index to construct European identities: an analysis of ‘trans-European’ discourses; Franco Zappettini
Discursively “undoing” and “doing Europe” the Austrian way; Christian Karner
Britain, Bulgaria and benefits: the political rhetoric of European (dis)integration; James Moir
European security under threat: mediating the crisis and constructing the Other; Monika Kopytowska & Łukasz Grabowski 
Europe and the Front National Stance: Shifting the Blame; Fabienne Baider and Maria Constantinou
Circling the wagons: the alternative für Deutschland and the rise of Eurosceptic populism in Germany; Christian Nestler and Jan Rohgalf
From national consensus to a new cleavage? The discursive negotiation of Europe in the Greek public debate during the economic crisis, 2010-2015; Zinovia Lialiouti
Towards a (dis)integrated Europe: the constructs of “Europe” and “Troika” versus “Portugal” and “the Portuguese” in a corpus of Portuguese opinion articles; Alexandra Pinto
Doing or undoing Europe critically in the Lisbon Treaty debate. A corpus-based analysis of British newspapers; Chiara Nasti
Torn Between Agendas: Macedonian National Identity between Europe and its Multicultural Agenda; Maja Muhic
Settling accounts with the troublesome past: self-criticism in Poland and Eastern Europe; Magdalena Nowicka
Epilogue; Christian Karner and Monika Kopytowska
Christian Karner is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has previously worked as a Leverhulme Special Research Fellow and as a Research Associate in the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota. His previous books include Ethnicity and Everyday Life (2007), The Use and Abuse of Memory (2013), and The Commonalities of Global Crises (2016). 

Monika Kopytowska received her Ph.D. from the University of Lodz, Poland, where she is currently affiliated with the Department of Pragmatics. Her research interests revolve around identity, media discourse and the representation of conflict, ethnicity, and religion. She is a founding member of the European Network for Intercultural Education Activities, and has been a visiting scholar at Lancaster University, the University of Ohio, and the University of Nairobi.

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