Current Ideals of “Cultural Sameness” within Europe
How have idea(l)s of “cultural sameness” within Europe developed in recent political communication and in public perceptions?
Idea(l)s of cultural sameness within Europe have had a long history. On the one hand, they have been used to promote inclusion, integration and cosmopolitanism, e.g. in the context of the “ever closer” EU. On the other hand, today even anti-migration movements and nationalist parties defend their exclusionary and discriminatory agendas by referring to an alleged sameness on an explicitly European scale – be it by means of “European Patriotism” (Identitarian Movement, Pegida) or in the rightwing rallying cry of “Towards a Common Sense Europe”. This project will investigate such changing idea(l)s of “cultural sameness” in political communication and compare them with citizens’ views.
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