The Meanings of Europe: Changes and Exchanges of a Contested Concept

1st Edition

Claudia Wiesner, Meike Schmidt-Gleim

Published August 23, 2018
Reference - 266 Pages - 11 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138377912 - CAT# K398111
Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology

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What is Europe? What are the contents of the concept of Europe? And what defines European identity? Instead of only asking these classical questions, this volume also explores who asks these questions, and who is addressed with such questions. Who answers the questions, from which standpoints and for what reasons? Which philosophical, historical, religious or political traditions influence the answers? This book addresses its task in three parts. The first concentrates on the controversies around the meaning of Europe. The second focuses on the role of the European Union. The third discusses Europe and its relations to different types of otherness, or rather, non-European-ness. The volume produces a complex and plural picture of the concepts, ideas, debates and (ex)changes associated with the concept of Europe, and has a clear significance for today’s debates on European identity, Europeanization, and the EU.

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