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Why Europe?

Narratives and Counter-narratives of European Integration

Edited By Alina Bârgăoanu, Raluca Buturoiu and Loredana Radu

This publication tackles strategies for bridging the widening gap between the EU and its citizens. It focuses on new theoretical and empirical frameworks about EU media frames and narratives, political discourse and citizens’ perceptions in order to promote a critical, yet constructive approach to the role of communication in the process of European integration. It has been acknowledged that the least problem the EU has is a communication problem. Communication is largely ineffective against a rising sentiment of injustice and inequality among increasingly diverse national, social and political groupings across the EU. Therefore, the authors underline how EU communication and EU public sphere can shape common representations of what can unite us as Europeans.

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European Identifications through Youth Mobility: The Case of Slovenian Students (Tea Golob / Matej Makarovič)


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Tea Golob and Matej Makarovič

European Identifications through Youth Mobility: The Case of Slovenian Students

Abstract: The processes of European identification are explored as an instrumental tool for adapting to an individualised, uncertain social reality. Drawing insights from semi-structured interviews with Slovenian students, it illustrates the interplay between structural forces and individual life-experiences conditioning the emergence of such identification.


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