Regional Identity and Diversity in Europe: Experience in Wales, Silesia and Flanders

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How can a single European government incorporate the needs of many distinct regional European cultures?

This book draws together leading researchers from throughout Europe to examine a selection of regional identities in three European nation states. The three regions studied are Wales in the UK, Flanders in Belgium, and Silesia in Poland. The authors find that each of the three regions display a lively sense of regional identity as well as national identity and they go on to ...

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Overview

How can a single European government incorporate the needs of many distinct regional European cultures?

This book draws together leading researchers from throughout Europe to examine a selection of regional identities in three European nation states. The three regions studied are Wales in the UK, Flanders in Belgium, and Silesia in Poland. The authors find that each of the three regions display a lively sense of regional identity as well as national identity and they go on to explore the implications of these robust regional identities for the governance of European nation states and for the governance of the European Union. The book also considers the implications of continuing regional identities for the growth of a European “demos,” a growth which many analysts believe is an indispensable precondition for further political integration within the European Union.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903403877
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David M Smith is Professor of Sociology, Middlesex University.

Enid Wistrich is Professor of Political Science, Middlesex University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Notes on Contributors
• Introduction — David M. Smith and Enid Wistrich
Collective Identities in a changing world — David M. Smith and Enid Wistrich
The Welsh Case: Cultural Diversity of a Nation with Devolved Powers in a Unitary State — John Loughlin
The Silesian Case: Silesian Identity in a Region of the Polish State — Kazimiera Wódz
The Flemish Case: A Monolingual Region in a Multilingual Federal State — Bambi Ceuppens and Marie-Claire Foblets
Identity and Diversity: international comparisons — David M. Smith and Enid Wistrich
• Conclusions: Identity, Diversity and Political Engagement – the search for an effective demos — David M. Smith and Enid Wistrich
Appendix The use of focus group methodology in international comparisons — David M. Smith *

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