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“Constructing Europe: Identity and Interests in France and Germany, 1989-99”

Mazzucelli, Colette. (1999) “Constructing Europe: Identity and Interests in France and Germany, 1989-99”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    The line of inquiry taken in this paper is to apply the concept of “project identity” to assess its relevance to the social construction of Europe. In Castell’s terminology, “project identity” occurs “....when social actors, on the basis of whichever cultural materials are available to them, build a new identity that redefines their position in society and, by so doing, seek the transformation of overall social structure.” This process of constructing project identity relates to Alain Touraine’s discussion of “subjects,” a term that defines the “collective social actor through which individuals reach holistic meaning in their experience.” In this case, constructing identity may be a project which is expansive, transforming society as the prolongation of the project. The construction of identities is a matter of social context. Identity politics “must be situated historically.” Thus, this paper focuses on project identity to explore this concept in a specific context: its interaction with interests defined by France and Germany to construct Europe via significant decisions taken during the last decade.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > France
    Countries > Germany
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > general
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 30
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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