Towards a Sociology of the EU: The Relationship between Socio-economic Status and Ethnicity and Young People’s European Knowledge, Attitudes and Identities

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/600984
Title:
Towards a Sociology of the EU: The Relationship between Socio-economic Status and Ethnicity and Young People’s European Knowledge, Attitudes and Identities
Authors:
Slavtcheva-Petkova, Vera
Abstract:
This article explores the relationship between social backgrounds—socio-economic status and ethnicity—and European knowledge, identities and attitudes to European Union (EU) membership in two member states—the Eastern European newcomer Bulgaria and the Western European notoriously Eurosceptic United Kingdom. Itadopts an empirical sociological approach in line with recent calls for more sociological input into EU studies. By drawing on 174 individual interviews with 9-/10-year-old primary school pupils, the article is focused on young people: a group that ‘holds the key’ to the future of the EU, yet is entirely neglected by academics and policy makers. The findings suggest that despite the substantial national differences, the significance of socio-economic status and ethnicity is strong cross-nationally. European identity is largely elite and racialized and those at the margins of society in my sample are not at all involved in the European project. A key theoretical contribution this article makes is to move beyond mono-causal explanations by providing an account of the intersection of national context, socio-economic status and ethnicity in relation to young people’s European identities.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Slavtcheva-Petkova, V. (2015). Towards a Sociology of the EU: The Relationship between Socio-economic Status and Ethnicity and Young People’s European Knowledge, Attitudes and Identities. Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 23(3), 222-239. DOI: 10.1177/1103308815584878
Publisher:
SAGE
Journal:
Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research
Publication Date:
Aug-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/600984
DOI:
10.1177/1103308815584878
Additional Links:
http://you.sagepub.com/content/23/3/222.abstract
Type:
Article
Language:
en
EISSN:
1741-3222
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSlavtcheva-Petkova, Veraen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-09T10:38:54Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-09T10:38:54Zen
dc.date.issued2015-08en
dc.identifier.citationSlavtcheva-Petkova, V. (2015). Towards a Sociology of the EU: The Relationship between Socio-economic Status and Ethnicity and Young People’s European Knowledge, Attitudes and Identities. Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 23(3), 222-239. DOI: 10.1177/1103308815584878en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1103308815584878en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/600984en
dc.description.abstractThis article explores the relationship between social backgrounds—socio-economic status and ethnicity—and European knowledge, identities and attitudes to European Union (EU) membership in two member states—the Eastern European newcomer Bulgaria and the Western European notoriously Eurosceptic United Kingdom. Itadopts an empirical sociological approach in line with recent calls for more sociological input into EU studies. By drawing on 174 individual interviews with 9-/10-year-old primary school pupils, the article is focused on young people: a group that ‘holds the key’ to the future of the EU, yet is entirely neglected by academics and policy makers. The findings suggest that despite the substantial national differences, the significance of socio-economic status and ethnicity is strong cross-nationally. European identity is largely elite and racialized and those at the margins of society in my sample are not at all involved in the European project. A key theoretical contribution this article makes is to move beyond mono-causal explanations by providing an account of the intersection of national context, socio-economic status and ethnicity in relation to young people’s European identities.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGEen
dc.relation.urlhttp://you.sagepub.com/content/23/3/222.abstracten
dc.subjectBulgariaen
dc.subjectyoung peopleen
dc.subjectEnglanden
dc.subjectEuropean identityen
dc.subjectsocio-economic statusen
dc.subjectsociology of EUen
dc.titleTowards a Sociology of the EU: The Relationship between Socio-economic Status and Ethnicity and Young People’s European Knowledge, Attitudes and Identitiesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1741-3222en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalYoung: Nordic Journal of Youth Researchen
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