Europe - a default or a dream? European identity formation among Bulgarian and English children

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/552074
Title:
Europe - a default or a dream? European identity formation among Bulgarian and English children
Authors:
Slavtcheva-Petkova, Vera; Mihelj, Sabina
Abstract:
This article examines the formation of European identity among children in two very different countries: the traditionally Eurosceptic United Kingdom and the enthusiastic EU newcomer, Bulgaria. The paper revisits existing debates about the relationships between European identity, knowledge and the political and historical context, paying particular attention to the meanings attached to Europe. It demonstrates that children who identify as European are more likely to see Europe in geographic terms, which facilitates the perception of the European identity as ‘default’. In contrast, children who refuse to describe themselves as European see Europe as an exclusive political entity, associated with high standards and distant elites. These perceptions are significantly more common among Bulgarian children, who often depict Europe as a dream, and perceive the European identity as an ideal they aspire to reach. The article also shows how ethnicity and the images of Europe influence the relationship between national and European identities.
Affiliation:
University of Chester ; Loughborough University
Citation:
Europe - a default or a dream? European identity formation among Bulgarian and English children. Ethnicities, 2012, 13(5), pp. 565-583
Publisher:
SAGE
Journal:
Ethnicities
Publication Date:
21-Nov-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/552074
DOI:
10.1177/1468796812465722
Additional Links:
http://etn.sagepub.com/; http://etn.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1468796812465722
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is the authors' accepted version of an article published in Ethnicities, 2014. http://online.sagepub.com/10.1177/1468796812465722
ISSN:
1468-7968
EISSN:
1741-2706
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dc.contributor.authorSlavtcheva-Petkova, Veraen
dc.contributor.authorMihelj, Sabinaen
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-01T15:53:29Zen
dc.date.available2015-05-01T15:53:29Zen
dc.date.issued2012-11-21en
dc.identifier.citationEurope - a default or a dream? European identity formation among Bulgarian and English children. Ethnicities, 2012, 13(5), pp. 565-583en
dc.identifier.issn1468-7968en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1468796812465722en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/552074en
dc.descriptionThis is the authors' accepted version of an article published in Ethnicities, 2014. http://online.sagepub.com/10.1177/1468796812465722en
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the formation of European identity among children in two very different countries: the traditionally Eurosceptic United Kingdom and the enthusiastic EU newcomer, Bulgaria. The paper revisits existing debates about the relationships between European identity, knowledge and the political and historical context, paying particular attention to the meanings attached to Europe. It demonstrates that children who identify as European are more likely to see Europe in geographic terms, which facilitates the perception of the European identity as ‘default’. In contrast, children who refuse to describe themselves as European see Europe as an exclusive political entity, associated with high standards and distant elites. These perceptions are significantly more common among Bulgarian children, who often depict Europe as a dream, and perceive the European identity as an ideal they aspire to reach. The article also shows how ethnicity and the images of Europe influence the relationship between national and European identities.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGEen
dc.relation.urlhttp://etn.sagepub.com/en
dc.relation.urlhttp://etn.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1468796812465722en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Ethnicitiesen
dc.subjectEuropean identityen
dc.subjectchildrenen
dc.subjectBulgariaen
dc.subjectEnglanden
dc.subjectnational identityen
dc.subjectcognitive mobilizationen
dc.titleEurope - a default or a dream? European identity formation among Bulgarian and English childrenen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1741-2706en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester ; Loughborough Universityen
dc.identifier.journalEthnicitiesen
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