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Programma SharEU - Centro di Eccellenza Jean Monnet

Il mercato non basta. Attori, istituzioni e identità nell'Europa in tempo di crisi (2017)

By Gemma Scalise, University of Florence and European University Institute

Published by Florence University Press (open access) 

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. 

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