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Enacting European Citizenship

Objective

The consortium assesses European citizenship as enacted by citizens as well as non-citizens (third country nationals, refugees, illegal aliens). By investigating what we call ‘acts o citizenship’ we aim to determine the meaning given to the idea of European citizenship by those whose acts create new forms of identification. We recognize that in a complex space such as the European Union, acts of citizenship—those acts through which subjects constitute themselves as European—will vary considerably reflecting various trajectories, territories, and cultures. Thus the consortium involves three original member states (UK, Belgium and the Netherlands), two new member states (Hungary and Latvia) and a candidate state (Turkey). The focus on acts of citizenship has several advantages. First, subjects and actors need not be conceived in advance as to what their status is or even the kind of entities they are since they can be individuals, states, groups and other legal or quasi-legal entities or persons. To recognize certain acts as acts of citizenship requires understanding that these acts produce subjects as citizens. Second, acts that articulate claims and produce claimants create new sites of belonging and identification. These sites are different than traditional sites of citizenship such as voting, social security, and military obligation though these continue to be important. Third, acts of citizenship stretch across boundaries and involve multiple scales of belonging and identification. The focus on acts of citizenship that produce new subjects, sites and scales of citizenship is therefore a vital concern for understanding how European citizenship is enacted. Fourth, by investigating acts we shift focus from what people say (opinion, perception, attitude surveys) to what people do, which is an important supplement, and under certain circumstances, corrective, to studies that concern themselves with what people say about their European citizenship and identification.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 533 864
Administrative Contact
Mark Wight (Mr.)

Participants (5)

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 224 879
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arjen Peters (Dr.)
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 160 819
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zsuzsanna Gabor (Ms.)
CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 96 000
Address
Place Du Congres 1
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sally Scott (Ms.)
RIGAS JURIDISKA AUGSTSKOLA SIA
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 89 468
Address
Strelnieku Iela 4 K 2
1010 Riga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kitija Freija-Karlsone (Ms.)
KOC UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 92 880
Address
Rumeli Feneri Yolu Sariyer
34450 Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cem Cingi (Mr.)