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Collective Identity and Democracy in the Enlarging Europe


Magdalena Góra, Zdzislaw Mach and Katarzyna Zielinska

The enlarged and enlarging European Union is a novel political project in motion. The supranational institutions created for six member states over 50 years ago are influencing the everyday lives of more than 500 million European citizens in 27 countries. In addition to being national citizens, such as French, Polish or Hungarian, they are now also Europeans. This generates the following questions: How do ongoing political processes affect who the Europeans are? What is the content of their reconstructed identity? What are the consequences of changes in collective identity formation for political processes in Europe? This book is the result of five years of research on the link between democracy and the functioning of the European Union. It brings together contributions covering recent research dealing with the changing nature of collective identity formation processes in contemporary Europe.
Contents: Magdalena Góra/Zdzisław Mach/Katarzyna Zielińska: Introduction – Magdalena Góra/Zdzisław Mach: Democracy and Identity in Europe after Enlargement – Ulrike Liebert: Competing Projects of European Identity. The German Debate – Nora Fisher Onar/Meltem Müftüler-Baç: Turkey in Cosmopolis? Turkish Elite Perceptions of the European Project – Mária Heller/Borbála Kriza: Hungarians and Europe - ‘A Rather Strange Relationship’ – Marcin Galent and Paweł Kubicki: Urbanity and Identity after the Accession of Poland to the EU – Beata Czajkowska: ‘Leave Me Alone’ - Civic Disengagement of the Intelligentsia – Dariusz Niedźwiedzki: European Identity of Polish Pendulum Migrants – Katarzyna Zielińska: Challenging the Nation - Polish Women’s Quest for Democracy and Justice – Richard C. M. Mole: Homophobia in Central and Eastern Europe: the Failure of Europeanisation in the Latvian Context.