Building Europe: The Cultural Politics of European Integration

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Political Science - 258 pages
The development of the European Union has been one of the most profound advances in European politics and society this century. Yet the institutions of Europe and the 'Eurocrats' who work in them have constantly attracted negative publicity, culminating in the mass resignation of the European Commissioners in March 1999.
In this revealing study, Cris Shore scrutinises the process of European integration using the techniques of anthropology, and drawing on thought from across the social sciences. Using the findings of numerous interviews with EU employees, he reveals that there is not just a subculture of corruption within the institutions of Europe, but that their problems are largely a result of the way the EU itself is constituted and run. He argues that European integration has largely failed in bringing about anything but an ever-closer integration of the technical, political and financial elites of Europe - at the expense of its ordinary citizens.
This critical anthropology of European integration is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the culture and politics of the EU.
 

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Contents

Forging a European nationstate? The European Union and questions of culture
15
Creating the peoples Europe symbols history and invented traditions
40
Citizenship of the Union the cultural construction of a European citizen
66
Symbolising boundaries the single currency and the art of European governance
87
EU civil servants
123
European Commission civil servants the new Europeans?
125
A supranational civil service? The role of the Commission in the integration process
130
The Brussels context integration and engrenage among EU elites
147
Transnational supranational or postnational? The organisational culture of the Commission
171
Conclusion European construction democracy and the politics of culture
206
Bibliography
235
Index
251
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Cris Shore is Head of the Anthropology Department at Goldsmith's College, University of London. He has published and lectured extensively on European integration and EU cultural politics.

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