Refiguring the European Union’s historical dimension

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The European Union requires a stronger approach to social solidarity than has been offered in existing theory. Perhaps the exigency of this claim is nowhere more evident than in the recent failed referendums in France and the Netherlands. In both cases the narrow legal-economic sense of the EU won out over what was hoped to be an emerging European public sphere, indeed a shared sense of European identity rooted in history. This article asks what type of ‘history’ this identity requires. Approaching this problem from a theoretical perspective, I will outline why and how such a ‘history’ must accord with the existing limits set by post-and/or transnationalism itself. Second, I will question how well various attempts at writing such a ‘history’ have already managed in terms of these limits. Lastly, drawing on the current work of sociologist Ulrich Beck, I will put forward a theoretical alternative to the existing models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-454
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Theory
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2006

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Beck
  • civic nationalism
  • ethnic nationalism
  • European Union
  • Habermas
  • history
  • identity
  • nationalism
  • postnationalism


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