The modern liberal idea of citizenship is constructed by a fixed notion of identity which gains meaning through a number of binary oppositions, such as we/ they, citizen/ foreigner, self/ other and so forth. Defined by these binaries, where the first term is perceived as dominant because it is considered to be derived from reason, the fixed notion of identity inevitably produces exclusion and marginalization. Importantly, the postmodern concept of citizenship stems from a critique of these essentialist and universalist conceptions of identity.
Exploring European identity and European citizenship from a philosophical perspective, this book reveals the discursive construction of these two concepts whilst at the same time attempting to define them as either modernist or postmodernist categories. Dr. Ivic takes a hermeneutic approach in her interpretation of European citizenship and identity through a close reading of European treaties and other official documents. Through her detailed analysis, Dr. Ivic is able to present the reader with well-informed and concrete examples of modern and postmodern concepts of identity within Europe. Moreover, this book explores the impact that contemporary issues such as Brexit, the migration crisis in Europe, and the proliferation of nationalist discourses, have on European citizenship and identity.
Where existing research literature has failed, this book offers a dynamic and textual analysis of citizenship that takes into account the complex philosophical, legal, political and theoretical background of Europe. Dealing with issues that have not yet been sufficiently explored, ‘EU Citizenship’ is an important contribution to the field of philosophical analysis. Aimed at university students, this book will also provide a baseline and set of reference points for researchers and practitioners of European studies that are working with projects that look at European citizenship.
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Table of Contents
CONCEPTS OF CITIZENSHIP AND IDENTITY: NATIONAL vs. POSTNATIONAL PARADIGMS
1. Ethnicity, Nationality and Citizenship
2. Universalist Conception of Citizenship
3. Politics of Identity
4. The Emergence of European Idea of Subjectivity
5. Citizenship as Discursive Practice: Postmodern Concept of Citizenship[
6. Globalization and Postnational Model of Citizenship
THE EUROPEAN UNION AS A POSTNATIONAL POLITICAL COMMUNITY
1. Different Paradigms of the Idea of “Europe” and “European Citizenship”
2. The European Union: Towards the Postmodern Political Community
3. The Spiritual and Cultural Dimension of Europe
4. The Question of European Identity in the Light of Brexit and Europe’s Migration Crisis
THE POSTMODERN EUROPE: DEMOCRACY TO COME
1. The Postmodern Conception of Law
2. Postmodern Europe: Problems and Perspectives
3. Europe’s Migration Crisis: A Challenge to Democracy