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A Union of Diversity
Language, Identity and Polity-Building in Europe

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Part of Themes in European Governance

  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521676724

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  • The 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.

    • Uncovers the true meaning behind the European Union motto: 'United in Diversity'
    • Contains material from a wide sample of European countries including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Finland and Belgium
    • Draws from different academic disciplines and scholarly traditions to confront readers with new perspectives on the nature of identity in Europe
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “The European Union is a polity whose citizens speak many different languages, but this fact is conveniently ignored in most debates about European integration. Peter Kraus gives a comprehensive account why linguistic diversity is both a challenge and an opportunity for building a democratic Europe. His book makes a powerful argument against a laissez-faire approach and for a politics of recognition of Europe's deep diversity.”
    Rainer Bauböck, European University Institute, Florence

    “In his seminal book, A Union of Diversity, Peter Kraus voices his opposition to adopting English as the lingua franca for the European Union without further political debate. Whatever approach one may have regarding this issue, one will be fascinated by the theoretical penetration of an enormous amount of material on language and identity policies in Europe.”
    Klaus von Beyme, Professor emeritus, Political Science Department, University of Heidelberg

    “Peter Kraus has written a very well-informed and balanced book about one of the most important unresolved questions of present-day politics: how the national and linguistic pluralism should be managed and accommodated in diverse societies. The author shows how the cosmopolitan and uniform Westphalian approaches fail when they attempt to tackle this issue using liberal-democratic patterns of linguistic and national justice. The book also challenges the practical reality of the rhetorical European slogan ‘United in Diversity,’ linking the European polity-building process with the need for an effective recognition and institutional accommodation of European national and linguistic diversity.”
    Ferran Requejo, Professor of Political Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

    “An acutely challenging objective of the European Union is to ‘reconcile diversity and unity.’ How well is it doing? Drawing on empirical, policy, and theoretical research, and with special attention to linguistic diversity, Peter A. Kraus presents the most comprehensive and enlightening response to this crucial question.”
    James Tully, Political Science Department, University of Victoria

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521676724
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 154 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the dynamics of European integration
    2. The European Union's democratic deficit and the search for a European demos
    3. The identity of a multinational polity
    4. Language and politics: a challenge for Europe
    5. The language question in the institutional complex of the European Union
    6. Political communication in the transnational civil society
    7. Recognition, self-determination and integration in a union of diversity.

  • Author

    Peter A. Kraus, University of Helsinki
    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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