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One Europe or several Europes? The cultural logic of narratives of Europe -- views from France and Britain

Rovisco, Maria (2010) One Europe or several Europes? The cultural logic of narratives of Europe -- views from France and Britain. Social Science Information, 49 (2). pp. 241-266.

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Abstract

Bringing together humanities and social science perspectives, this article applies narrative genres and symbolic classifications as analytical tools to examine competing cultural understandings of Europe, in France and Britain, through 2003 and 2005. Drawing on data from newspaper coverage of a set of key events of European debate, the author discusses how narratives and symbolic configurations of Europe are constructed differently in France and Britain in the context of the symbolic struggle to define who are core Europeans. Through the lens of a cultural sociology approach, the author argues that, in order to make their claims about Europe valid and plausible, political and cultural elites have to be able to translate the cultural idea of Europe into public narratives that resonate with the expectations and beliefs of the wider national public. This is particularly the case in moments of crisis or uncertainty over the meaning of Europe when novel demands and events, deriving from social or political pressures, generate a more active debate in the public sphere about Europe and EU affairs.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: 10.1177/0539018409359844
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/554

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