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Europe without Borders

, 336 pages

6 b&w illus.

December 2003



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Europe without Borders

Remapping Territory, Citizenship, and Identity in a Transnational Age

The creation of the European Union in 1992 reflected new economic, political, and cultural realities on the continent. The dissolution of national borders and the easing of transit restrictions on people and goods with Europe, have contributed to a radical rethinking of such basic concepts as national sovereignty and citizenship. In Europe without Borders, Mabel Berezin and Martin Schain bring together leading experts from the fields sociology, political science, geography, psychology, and anthropology to examine the intersection of identity and territory in the new Europe.

In this boldly interdisciplinary effort about the impact of reconfiguration, contributors address such topics as how Europeans now see themselves in relation to national identity, whether they identify themselves as citizens of a particular country or as members of a larger sociopolitical entity, how both natives and immigrants experience national and transnational identity at the local level, and the impact of globalization on national culture and the idea of the nation-state. Theoretically sophisticated and empirically informed, the essays explore an emerging global phenomenon that will have profound political, social, and economic consequences in both Europe and around the world.

Contributors: John Agnew, UCLA; Roland Axtmann, University of Aberdeen; Mabel Berezin, Cornell University; Neil Brenner, New York University; Craig Calhoun, New York University, President of the Social Science Research Council; Juan Diez-Medrano, University of California, San Diego; Roy Eidelson, University of Pennsylvania; Nicholas Entrikin, UCLA; Riva Kastoryano, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales; Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia; Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania; Levent Soysal, New York University.

Mabel Berezin is an associate professor of sociology at Cornell University. Martin A. Schain is a professor of politics at New York University.

"An eclectic mix of theoretical perspectives informs the chapters, from new quantitative approaches modeling identity to qualitative content analysis. This only adds to the richness and value of the volume"

"The range of disciplines will please college-level readers studying modern European events."

"A fascinating collection of eleven articles on transnationalism in Europe... This anthology provokes the reader to rethink not only what we understand as Europe but also what we consider to be sovereign political bodies in the twenty-first century."

"Europeanization is going on in political, social, and economic spaces. The papers in this book try to sort out the myriad ways in which the citizens of Europe maintain their local and national focus, but find themselves redefining that focus in terms of Europe. The authors are to be commended for using many thoughtful approaches to tease out this subtle process."

" Europe without Borders plays an important role in bringing together multidisciplinary perspectives that, taken together, provide an insightful and enlightening overview on this emerging phenomenon called 'Europe.' I know of no other single book which deals with territory and identity on so many levels. It will be widely read by scholars across disciplines and used in courses on political geography, European studies, sociology, and comparative politics."

"In this well-written and provocative set of essays by a distinguished group of scholars from a range of disciplines, we find that a conception of territory as 'durable' but not 'fixed' makes the most sense, not only for the European case but for the problem of place and power, in general."

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