The Discursive Construction of European Identities

A Multi-Level Approach to Discourse and Identity in the Transforming European Union

by Michal Krzyzanowski (Author)
Postdoctoral Thesis 234 Pages
Series: Sprache im Kontext, Volume 35


This book looks at the discursive construction of European identities in a variety of institutional and non-institutional contexts and through a variety of social and political actors. Its multilevel and interdisciplinary approach – rooted in the Discourse-Historical tradition of Critical Discourse Analysis – allows for a comparison of identity constructions at different levels of Europe’s social and political organisation and in different modes of communication. The book analyses discourses as diverse as those of the EU politicians, of Europe’s national media as well as of migrants living in Europe. It offers a set of integrated models and analytical procedures which bring to the fore the inherent dynamism and complexity of both ‘bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ European identity constructions.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Discourse Communication EU Institutions European Identity
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 232 pp., 10 fig., 13 tables

Biographical notes

Michal Krzyzanowski (Author)

Michał Krzyżanowski is a Senior Research Fellow at Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University (UK), and Assistant Professor at the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland). He has researched and published widely on discourse and communication in Europe and the EU.


Title: The Discursive Construction of European Identities