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The Evolution of European Identity: Using biographical methods to study the development of European identity

Objective

The development of a sense of positive identification with the 'European project' by ordinary citizens is crucial for the long-term success of the European Union. The current state-of-the-art in research into European identity has been driven almost exclusively by a 'top down' elitist perspective that focuses upon the development of an identification with 'Europe' through centrally-driven policies. The Euroidentities project will use advanced methods of qualitative biographical interviewing and analysis to gain insights into the evolution and meanings of a European identity or identities from the 'bottom up' perspective of the individual. This will include investigating the factors that promote or retard a positive identification with 'Europe' and the Community. The project's research strategy will be to target five special 'sensitized groups' -- aggregates whose life experience will have caused them to confront questions of their own identity within Europe. The five groups broadly conceived are: 'transnational workers' at all levels from menial economic migrants to 'high end' technological workers; mature adults who experienced cross-border educational exchange schemes earlier in their lives; farmers wo are subject to Europe-wide markets and systems of regulation; 'cultural contact' workers; participants in civil society organisations. The seven partner teams in Euroidenties include large and small nations who are in both orignal and accession states located both in the peripheries and the core of Europe. Euroidentities will employ a focused dissemination strategy that will include from the outset interaction with policy makers and others in public arenas at national and European levels.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 457 293
Administrative Contact
Rory Jordan (Mr.)

Participants (6)

OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 229 531,20
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
39106 Magdeburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Anders
UNIWERSYTET LODZKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 74 944,80
Address
Ul Prezydenta Gabriela Narutowicza 68
90 136 Lodz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wojciech Katner
BANGOR UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 211 968
Address
College Road
LL57 2DG Bangor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dyfan Griffith (Mr.)
TALLINNA TEHNIKAULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 136 224
Address
Ehitajate Tee 5
12616 Tallinn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liink Kotkas
INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIOLOGY
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 118 560
Address
Ul. Moskovska 13 A
1000 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rumiana Jeleva (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 193 560
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gabriella Gribaudi (Prof.)