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Living Beyond the Nation

European Transnational Social Fields and Identifications

Tea Golob

The book provides key insights in experiencing lives and attitudes of the increasing number of people who reside beyond national boundaries and strategically create their life-paths. It is a brief but comprehensive introduction to the latest theoretical developments combining issues of reflexivity and habitus resulting in unique empirical and practical implications. Intended for the readers who are looking for a combination of scholarly insights and everyday life stories of the people living beyond the national constraints, no matter whether they are interested in contemporary social trends and their impact to individuals, ethnographic research, globalization trends or the future visions of the European Union.
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The research presented in this book was undertaken as a part of my doctoral research fellowship funded by the Slovenian Research Agency. This fellowship was hosted by the School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) from 2010 to 2015. I would like to thank my friends and colleagues there for their support and especially their willingness to help me establish contacts with my interlocutors in the European Commission. My research interest for transnational processes and identifications goes back to my MA studies, which I carried out under the European joint programme (CREOLE) conducted by the University of Maynooth (Ireland) and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), and it still continues with my post-doc studies at the School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica. The relationship between personal evaluations and social context placed in the transnational social reality is still a part of my present reconsiderations of the theoretical perspectives and empirical explorations of various European social fields, as for instance the field of European education.

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