A Union of Diversity
Language, Identity and Polity-building in Europe
By (author) Peter A. Kraus
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Union of Diversity by Peter A. Kraus
Book DescriptionThe European Union's 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 Europe's 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521859394
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter A. Kraus
Union of Diversity, Paperback (March 2008)
Assesses the implications of cultural diversity for the process of constructing a European polity.
Language Question in Europe and Diverse Societies, Paperback (March 2007)» View all books by Peter A. Kraus
This multidisciplinary book studies and assesses the range of problems that form the 'language question' in Europe and diverse societies.
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Author Biography - Peter A. Kraus
Peter A. Kraus is Chair of Ethnic Relations at the University of Helsinki and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Humboldt University, Berlin.
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