The Discourse of Europe
Talk and text in everyday life
In this volume we approach the question of what it is to be European by considering the way in which citizens talk about their everyday lives, as they are perceived against the background of Europe and European issues. Hence, the volume will offer insights into the rarely glimpsed micro political world of ordinary talk and explore the way in which such talk in social interaction and other spheres might help us understand what Europe means to a range of its citizens. Using a range of broadly discursive approaches we will touch on, inter alia, issues of identity, youth, borders, ethnicity, local politics, and minority languages. In the end, we suggest, it is a common sense view of pragmatic utility that centres what it is to be European, and this is something which is continually fluid and shifting within ever changing social, historical and political circumstances.
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 26] 2007. viii, 200 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
IntroductionJohn Wilson and Sharon Millar | pp. 1–16
A phenomenology of citizenship among young EuropeansKevin G. Barnhurst | pp. 17–47
The narrative bias: Political marketing on the world wide webMichela Cortini and Amelia Manuti | pp. 49–77
Are Brummies developing narrative of European identity?Michael Toolan | pp. 79–94
Rejecting an identity: Discourse of Europe in Polish border communitiesAleksandra Galasińska and Dariusz Galasiński | pp. 95–111
Rhetoricians at work: Constructing the European Union in DenmarkSharon Millar | pp. 113–130
Narratives of Greek identity in European lifeEkatarini Nikolarea | pp. 131–152
How to conceive of the other's point of view: Considerations from a Case Study in TriesteMarina Sbisà and Patrizia Vascotto | pp. 153–171
Narratives on lesser-used languages in Europe: The case of Ulster ScotsJohn Wilson and Karyn Stapleton | pp. 173–196
Index | pp. 197–200
“In the wake of the narrative turn, this book provides a welcome approach to ways in which European citizens, not just those within the EU, narratively construct and live their versions of what Europe means to them. It is rich in materials from a variety of countries within Europe and provides a welcome “missing link” between ways in which politicians and economists conceive of Europe and how ordinary citizens discursively construct their versions of it.”
Richard Watts, University of Berne
“Amidst the vast literature on European institutions, legislation, and economic issues, Sharon Millar and John Wilson's volume stands out as the first book to focus entirely on a variety of ordinary discourses constructing aspects of what could be called a European identity. It comprises thoroughly pragmatic analyses of the view from below (and, in one of the chapters, of some political actors' attempts to appeal to such a view) which policy makers and political scientists should become familiar with.”
Jef Verschueren, University of Antwerp
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