Challenging Identities: European Horizons

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Identity is a keyword in a number of academic fields as well as in public debate and in politics. During the last decades, references to identity have proliferated, yet there is no simple definition available that corresponds to the use of the notion in all contexts. The significance of the notion depends on the conceptual or ideological constellation in which it takes part. This volume on one hand demonstrates the role of notions of identity in a variety
of European contexts, and on the other hand highlights how there may be reasons to challenge the use of the term and corresponding social, cultural, and political practices. Notions of national identity and national politics are challenged by European integration, as well as by increasing demographic heterogeneity due to migration, and migrants experience conflicts of identification stemming from clashes between cultural heritage and the cultures of the new habitat. European horizons—frames of mind, historical memories, and expectations at the level of groups or communities, at the national level, and at the general European level—are at odds. Analyzing a series of issues in European countries from Turkey to Spain and from Scandinavia to the Balkans, the contributions demonstrate uses and abuses of the notion of identity.
Authors: Ceglar Keydar, Bogazici (Bosporus) University ; Manuela Marin, Spanish National Research Council ; Allan Janik, Forschungsinstitut Brenner-Archiv ; Richard Wolin, City University of New York Graduate Center ; Mikael Rask Madsen, JUR Center for International CourtsOrganisation ; Henning Koch, JUR Center for retskulturelle studierOrganisation ; Peter E. Nielsen ; Catharina Raudvere, Institut for Tværkulturelle og Regionale StudierOrganisation: Institut ; Barbara Törnqvist-Plewa, University of Lund, Sweden ; Karl Christian Lammers, Saxo-Instituttet - Arkæologi, Etnologi, Historie og Græsk og Latin; Gert Sørensen, Institut for Engelsk, Germansk og Romansk ; Anne Ring Petersen, Institut for Kunst- og Kulturvidenskab
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages280
ISBN (Print)9781138776913
ISBN (Electronic)9781315772943
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesRoutledge Advances in Sociology

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - identity, nationalism, rights, community, emancipation, law, migration, politics, genetics, culture, multiculturalism, secularism, Leitkultur, laïcité, Constitutional law, Human rights Law, human dignity, feminism, intersectionality, Muslims, Jews, Kemalism, art

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