This book combines perspectives from political science, history and geography to provide a comprehensive introduction to ‘Europe’ or European space as we understand it today. Central to the book is the phenomenon of the sovereign state and the question of alternative ways of organizing Europe politically and economically. The book explores four different ways of organizing space: state, union, region and network.
Chapter 10: Towards a New State of Mind
Towards a New State of Mind
The prominence of the state in our three disciplinary knowledge structures provided the point of departure for our trialogue. Moreover, in Chapter 1 we noted the symbolic and metaphorical underpinning of the central position of the state in scholarly as well as everyday discourses. In the course of our trialogue we have brought insights ...