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About: As energy is becoming one of the crucial concerns in the EU, this volume provides an in-depth analysis and interdisciplinary perspective on European energy security. Given the multidimensional nature of energy security in terms of physical availability, affordability and geopolitical security, it brings together authors from different backgrounds pursuing a distinctly multidisciplinary approach. The authors' different perspectives correspond to the three sections of the book: international relations, which focuses on Eastern EU partners; energy economics, which highlights the current unconventional hydrocarbons revolution and its impact on EU energy and climate strategies; and public policy, which analyzes EU policies in the context.
The book deals with the issue of the change of identities related to the process of EU integration. It draws on sociological tools for putting forward the concept of narrative identity for the analysis of the European sense of belonging. It assumes that the narratives of Europe shared in the transnational networks which have developed with Europeanization and globalization contribute to the construction on European identity. It also presumes that the meanings attributed to Europe are shaped by the social context in which people live and are influenced by the local dimension where everyday life takes place. It presents a qualitative research conducted in two different Italian metropolitan cities and highlights the narratives of Europe shared by Europeans from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, how the different stories take shape and what types of EU identity they contribute to build. Results show that the narrative of Europe are multi-level stories, a mixture of values and references coming from the local cultural heritages, national history and the European post-national plot. Both subjective autonomy and structural social conditioning influence the conceptualization of Europe and European identity is embedded in local territories. The dynamics of identity formation and the openness toward Europe in local identities are connected to the habitus and related to variables such as education, socio-economic background, media exposure, transnational networking, participation and experiencing Europe.