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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Nationalism and Transnationalism
Nationalism and transnationalism

This chapter discusses both nationalism and transnationalism and focuses on the dynamic interplay between the two. While attention is paid to the global evolution of these concepts, emphasis is placed in the historical patterns of the New (post-1945 and post-1989) Europe. By way of introduction, the chapter discusses the different disciplinary conventions that have shaped our understandings of ‘national’ and ‘transnational’. Taking the current transnationalization of individual life-worlds throughout Europe as its departure point, it poses the question whether the nation-state is becoming a relic of the past, and whether post-World War II European developments offer sufficient support for such a postnational thesis. By the term ‘post-national’ I refer to these theoretical and policy-making perspectives that have suggested that the ...

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