The Europe without borders discourse and splitting European identities

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to trace and scrutinize some of the underlying
forces that might contribute to explaining the current skepticism about a
policy of debordering Europe. The author therefore discusses why prefiguring
a borderless Europe based on European identity has stumbled into
misconceived conceptions of the nation, and then presents an explanation
of the transformative dynamics that undermine the vision of a borderless
Europe. The paper concludes that a borderless Europe will remain a vision
as long as the idea of a European identity cannot establish a reliable alternative
to its national counterpart, but multiple cosmopolitan forces still
keep pushing towards debordering Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBorder Experiences in Europe : Everyday Life - Working Life - Communication - Languages
EditorsChristian Wille, Birte Nienaber
Number of pages22
Place of PublicationBaden-Baden
PublisherNomos Verlagsgesellschaft
Publication date2020
Pages17-38
ISBN (Print)9783848754441
ISBN (Electronic)9783845295671
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesBorder Studies, Cultures, Spaces, Orders
Volume1

Keywords

  • Borderless Europe
  • European identity
  • Nationalism
  • Populism
  • Rebordering

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    Yndigegn, C. (2020). The Europe without borders discourse and splitting European identities. In C. Wille, & B. Nienaber (Eds.), Border Experiences in Europe: Everyday Life - Working Life - Communication - Languages (pp. 17-38). Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. Border Studies, Cultures, Spaces, Orders, Vol.. 1 https://doi.org/10.5771/9783845295671