Europe without Borders: Remapping Territory, Citizenship, and Identity in a Transnational Age

Europe without Borders: Remapping Territory, Citizenship, and Identity in a Transnational Age


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The creation of the European Union in 1992 reflected new economic, political, and cultural realities on the continent. The dissolution of national borders and the easing of transit restrictions on people and goods with Europe, have contributed to a radical rethinking of such basic concepts as national sovereignty and citizenship. In Europe without Borders, Mabel Berezin and Martin Schain bring together leading experts from the fields sociology, political science, geography, psychology, and anthropology to examine the intersection of identity and territory in the new Europe.

In this boldly interdisciplinary effort about the impact of reconfiguration, contributors address such topics as how Europeans now see themselves in relation to national identity, whether they identify themselves as citizens of a particular country or as members of a larger sociopolitical entity, how both natives and immigrants experience national and transnational identity at the local level, and the impact of globalization on national culture and the idea of the nation-state. Theoretically sophisticated and empirically informed, the essays explore an emerging global phenomenon that will have profound political, social, and economic consequences in both Europe and around the world.

Contributors: John Agnew, UCLA; Roland Axtmann, University of Aberdeen; Mabel Berezin, Cornell University; Neil Brenner, New York University; Craig Calhoun, New York University, President of the Social Science Research Council; Juan Diez-Medrano, University of California, San Diego; Roy Eidelson, University of Pennsylvania; Nicholas Entrikin, UCLA; Riva Kastoryano, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales; Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia; Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania; Levent Soysal, New York University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801874376
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 01/27/2004
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mabel Berezin is an associate professor of sociology at Cornell University. Martin A. Schain is a professor of politics at New York University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Territory, Emotion, and Identity: Spatial Recalibration in a New Europe1
Part IPolitical Community in a New Europe
1The Idea of Europe: Cultural Legacies, Transnational Imaginings, and the Nation-State33
2Political Community, Identity, and Cosmopolitan Place51
3Transnational Networks and Political Participation: The Place of Immigrants in the European Union64
Part IIPolitical Organization, Culture, and the Problem of Scale
4National Identity Repertoires, Territory, and Globalization89
5State Formation and Supranationalism in Europe: The Case of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation118
6Rescaling State Space in Western Europe: Urban Governance and the Rise of Glocalizing Competition State Regimes (GCSRs)140
Part IIIEurope as Experience
7Ways of Seeing European Integration: Germany, Great Britain, and Spain169
8Europe and the Topography of Migrant Youth Culture in Berlin197
Part IVDemocracy and Identity
9Territoriality and Political Identity in Europe219
10The Democratic Integration of Europe: Interests, Identity, and the Public Sphere243
List of Contributors303

What People are Saying About This

Neil Fligstein

Europeanization is going on in political, social, and economic spaces. The papers in this book try to sort out the myriad ways in which the citizens of Europe maintain their local and national focus, but find themselves redefining that focus in terms of Europe. The authors are to be commended for using many thoughtful approaches to tease out this subtle process.

Robert Sack

In this well-written and provocative set of essays by a distinguished group of scholars from a range of disciplines, we find that a conception of territory as 'durable' but not 'fixed' makes the most sense, not only for the European case but for the problem of place and power, in general.

David Jacobson

Europe without Borders plays an important role in bringing together multidisciplinary perspectives that, taken together, provide an insightful and enlightening overview on this emerging phenomenon called 'Europe.' I know of no other single book which deals with territory and identity on so many levels. It will be widely read by scholars across disciplines and used in courses on political geography, European studies, sociology, and comparative politics.

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