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The Europeanisation of Everyday Life: Cross-Border Practices and Transnational Identities among EU and Third-Country Citizens

Objective

The EUCROSS project examines the relationship between the manifold activities of EU residents (nationals, mobile EU citizens, and third-country nationals) across the borders of nation states and their collective identities. Specifically, the project will:
1) map out individuals’ cross-border practices as an effect of European integration and globalisation;
2) assess the impact of these practices on collective identifications (also controlling for the inverse causal process).
Which cross-border practices are more likely to foster some form of identification with the EU – e.g. contacts with foreign friends and/or unwanted foreigners, periods of labour mobility abroad, buying property abroad, business and tourist travel, or consumer relations with international companies? Under which contextual and individual conditions do these experiences promote a higher sensitivity to ‘Europe’ – rather than the ‘local’ or the ‘global’ – as an identity catalyst? Which social groups are more prone to adopt a European mindset in the wake of the Europeanisation of everyday life?
To disentangle empirically the factors and mechanisms that link together the cross-border practices facilitated by European integration, globalisation and/or other dimensions of collective identity, we adopt a two-stage, mixed quantitative/qualitative approach. In the first stage, we will carry out a quantitative survey among nationals, intra-EU movers (Romanian citizens) and third-country nationals (Turkish citizens) who reside in six European countries (Denmark, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom). In the second stage, we will interrogate, via in-depth interviews, the meaning given by individuals to cross-border practices, their collective identifications, and the role that the European Union, globalisation, and the nation play in these personal narratives, among a select typology of respondents to the quantitative survey.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2010-2
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO DI CHIETI-PESCARA
Address
Via Dei Vestini 31
66013 Chieti
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 329 248,15
Administrative Contact
Ettore Recchi (Prof.)

Participants (5)

GESIS-LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR SOZIALWISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 500 701,55
Address
B6, 4-5
68159 Mannheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Judith Weigand (Ms.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 247 483,55
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Henriette Jaquet (Ms.)
INSTITUT BARCELONA D ESTUDIS INTERNACIONALS, FUNDACIO PRIVADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 185 032,35
Address
Calle Ramon Trias Fargas 25 Campus De La Ciutadella
08005 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juan Diez Medrano (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 317 095,60
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chris Barber (Mr.)
UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 164 496,80
Address
Soseaua Panduri 90
050663 Bucuresti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dumitru Sandu (Prof.)