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dc.contributor.authorSlavtcheva-Petkova, Vera*
dc.contributor.authorMihelj, Sabina*
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-01T15:53:29Z
dc.date.available2015-05-01T15:53:29Z
dc.date.issued2012-11-21
dc.identifier.citationEurope - a default or a dream? European identity formation among Bulgarian and English children. Ethnicities, 2012, 13(5), pp. 565-583
dc.identifier.issn1468-7968en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1468796812465722
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/552074
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.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGE
dc.relation.urlhttp://etn.sagepub.com/
dc.relation.urlhttp://etn.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/1468796812465722
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Ethnicitiesen
dc.subjectEuropean identity
dc.subjectchildren
dc.subjectBulgaria
dc.subjectEngland
dc.subjectnational identity
dc.subjectcognitive mobilization
dc.titleEurope - a default or a dream? European identity formation among Bulgarian and English children
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.eissn1741-2706
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester ; Loughborough Universityen
dc.identifier.journalEthnicities
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-14T02:25:20Z
html.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.


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