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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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6. Conclusion


This chapter will present final conclusions of the research, whereas the aims of the study were, hopefully, achieved. The first goal of the book was to explore identifications in a contemporary world, while considering the role of the increasing global flows of ideas, popular culture, money and employment that coincide with changes in communication technologies in the transformation of the traditional, positional views on identity. Based on critical evaluations of the existing theories and studies, we sketched the theoretical model of identifications that is implied on a transnational sphere. In order to capture the complex relation between human agency and social structure, we drew from the theory of social fields, transferred to the transnational level. The model considers social practices occurring in the interplay between national and transnational social forces and individuals’ deliberations of their position in social context. While taking into account the accelerated reflexivity as well as the consciously deliberated dimensions of habitus significant for the transnational social environment, we proposed that identifications are strategic and instrumental.

The theoretical assumptions and potential empirical implications were further applied to the issue of identification with the European space. We treated the European Union as a specific form of a transnational political and social entity composed of different social fields. Following our theoretical framework, we theoretically and empirically represented the role of everyday practices and activities on the supranational level, pre-dispositions in entering the European social fields, and the influence of each type of social forces. A...

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