A Union of Diversity: Language, Identity and Polity-Building in Europe

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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The European Unions motto United in Diversity contrasts with the cultural standardization entailed in the formation of nation-states and the forging of political identities in Europe. So what does being united in diversity mean? Focusing on language politics and policies, this book offers a thorough assessment of the implications of cultural and linguistic diversity for the process of constructing a European polity. It sheds light on some of the most pressing problems associated with contemporary identity politics. It is often claimed that the recurrent celebration of diversity in Europes programmatic declarations has an effective political impact. Kraus offers a critical analysis of how the EU has responded to the normative challenge of creating an institutional frame for integration which allows cultural differences to be transcended without ignoring them.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figurep. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: The dynamics of European integrationp. 1
The Transnational Political Space of the European Unionp. 2
Integration and Legitimation in a Diverse Polityp. 7
The European Union's democratic deficit and the search for a European demosp. 13
The Challenge of Democracy in the European Unionp. 14
The Democracy Deficit: A 'Demos Deficit'?p. 21
Between Westphalia and Cosmopolisp. 26
Sovereignty as Homogeneityp. 29
Assessing the European Union Against the National Modelp. 32
The identity of a multinational polityp. 37
Cultural Identity and Political Integrationp. 38
European Identity Strategiesp. 43
Limits of European Identityp. 50
Socio-Cultural Heterogeneity in Multilevel Politicsp. 58
The 'Multinational Moment' in Europe's Institutional Orderp. 62
An Example: The 'Battle of the Nations' at Nicep. 66
Distinctive Features of Cultural Pluralism in the European Multinational Communityp. 70
Language and politics: A challenge for Europep. 76
Language as a Social and Political Bondp. 78
Mill's Verdictp. 83
The Language Policies of European Statesp. 88
From Linguistic Pluralism to Linguistic Recognitionp. 99
Language and the Protection of Minorities in the Context of a European Human Rights Regimep. 105
The language question in the institutional complex of the European Unionp. 111
The Institutional Path to Multilingualismp. 112
Official and Real Multilingualismp. 120
The Politicization of the Language Issuep. 125
The Reform of the Institutional Regulation of Language: A Pending Debatep. 132
Political communication in the transnational civil societyp. 139
Constitution, Publicity, Languagep. 140
Political Communication in Multilingual Contextsp. 144
Europe's Linguistic Landscape and the External Language Policy of the European Unionp. 152
Vanishing Point Internet?p. 161
Which Language for a European Civil Society?p. 167
The Political Option of a Converging Multilingualismp. 172
Recognition, self-determination and integration in a union of diversityp. 180
Recognition and Subsidiarityp. 181
Self-Determinationp. 188
Diversity as a Political Challengep. 195
Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 217
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