Europe - Space for Transcultural Existence?
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Europe - Space for Transcultural Existence?

By Martin Tamcke
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Europe - Space for Transcultural Existence? is the first volume of the new series, Studies in Euroculture, published by Göttingen University Press. The series derives its name from the Erasmus Mundus Master of Excellence Euroculture: Europe in the Wider World, a two year programme offered by a consortium of eight European universities in collaboration with four partner universities outside Europe. This master highlights regional, national and supranational dimensions of the European democratic development; mobility, migration and inter-, multi- and transculturality. The impact of culture is understood as an element of political and social development within Europe. The articles published here explore the field of Euroculture in its different elements: it includes topics such as cosmopolitanism, cultural memory and traumatic past(s), colonial heritage, democratization and Europeanization as well as the concept of (European) identity in various disciplinary contexts such as law and the social sciences. In which way have Europeanization and Globalization influenced life in Europe more specifically? To what extent have people in Europe turned ‘transcultural’? The ‘trans’ is understood as indicator of an overlapping mix of cultures that does not allow for the construction of sharp differentiations. It is explored in topics such as (im)migration and integration, as well as cultural products and lifestyle. The present economic crisis and debt crisis have led, as side-result, to a public attack on the open, cosmopolitan outlook of Europe. The values of the multicultural and civil society and the idea of a people’s Europe have become debatable. This volume offers food for thought and critical reflection.

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Table of Contents
  • Titelei
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction: Martin Tamcke, Janny de Jong, Lars Klein and Margriet van der Waal
  • Part One - European Identities
    • Europa im Zwiegespräch: Péter Nádas und Richard Swartz im Gespräch mit Katharina Raabe
    • European identity contested?: Bassam Tibi
    • How (Not) to Fix European Identity? : Lars Klein
    • Cosmopolitanism and European Identity: John McCormick
    • Individual, Collective, Social: Identity as (Most) Contested Social Science Concept in the Symbolic Interactionism Perspective: Grzegorz Pożarlik
  • Part Two - Postcolonial Europe
    • Zeichen als Wunder? Eine der Geschichte entnommene Anekdote: Bill Bell
    • Empire at home: Janny de Jong
    • Contesting Cultural Memory - Rethinking Postcolonial Identities in Europe: Margriet van der Waal
    • Entering the Third Dimension: A CMM (Coordinated Management of Meaning) Analysis of Transculturalism in Inter/Action: Elizabeth M. Goering
  • Part Three -Towards a Transcultural Europe?
    • On the Path to Transculturality: Martin Tamcke
    • “Here We Go Again”: The Supposed Failure of Multiculturalism in Historical Perspective: Janny de Jong
    • European Multiculturalism -Is It Really Dead? John McCormick
    • Multiculturalism versus Transculturality - European Film: Maria Pilar Rodríguez
    • Envisaging Transcultural Realities through Literature in Europe - The Case of Ireland: Asier Altuna-García de Salazar
    • Transcultural Encounters in Re-Inscribing Identity - European Memories and Ethnic Writing in Canada: Anna Pia De Luca
    • Social Capital of Migrants in Transcultural Europe: Marcin Galent
    • The Neustadt in Strasbourg - A Space for Transcultural Identity Building?: Alexandre Kostka
  • Part Four - The Role of the State
    • Multiple Democracies - A Cultural-Sociological Approach to Democratization and Europeanization: Paul Blokker
    • The European Court of Justice between Cosmopolitanism and National Identity: Herman Voogsgeerd
    • The United Kingdom and the European Union - The Shaping of Public Opinion: Bianca Polo Del Vecchio
    • From a Traumatic Past to a Constructive Future - The Spanish Transition Period as a Case Study: Aitor Ibarrola-Armendariz
    • Identity, Memory and Belonging - The Friedland Transit Camp and the Process of Admission to Post-War Germany: Sascha Schießl
  • Acknowledgements
  • About the Contributors
  • Buchrücken
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