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La classe media va in Europa? Transnazionalismo e stratificazione sociale nell’Unione Europea La classe media va in Europa? Transnazionalismo e stratificazione sociale nell’Unione Europea1

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Author(s): Lorenzo Grifone Baglioni | Ettore Recchi

Journal: SocietàMutamentoPolitica : Rivista Italiana di Sociologia
ISSN 2038-3150

Volume: 4;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2013;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Supported by EU citizenship, Europeans seem to enjoy wide life chances and experiential horizons. Our hypothesis is that transnational practices (travels, social relations and lifestyles) lead to nurture a stronger identification with Europe. Empirical analysis (with Eurobarometer data of 2010) confirms the hypothesis but also indicates that “Europeanness” – in its two dimensions: practices and identifications – is stratified, being strongest in the upper social class. While the overall transnationalism-European identification association holds in all social strata as well, the middle class does not take the lead of Europeanization as it did historically when it contributed to the nation building of modern States.Supported by EU citizenship, Europeans seem to enjoy wide life chances and experiential horizons. Our hypothesis is that transnational practices (travels, social relations and lifestyles) lead to nurture a stronger identification with Europe. Empirical analysis (with Eurobarometer data of 2010) confirms the hypothesis but also indicates that “Europeanness” – in its two dimensions: practices and identifications – is stratified, being strongest in the upper social class. While the overall transnationalism-European identification association holds in all social strata as well, the middle class does not take the lead of Europeanization as it did historically when it contributed to the nation building of modern States.
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