Academic Journals Database
Disseminating quality controlled scientific knowledge

Why Do We Feel European? Social Mechanisms of European Identity

Author(s): Geetha GARIB

Journal: Journal of Identity and Migration Studies
ISSN 1843-5610

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 108;
Date: 2011;
VIEW PDF   PDF DOWNLOAD PDF   Download PDF Original page

Keywords: Europeanisation | European identity | pride | EU importance | European Union countries | Eurobarometer data

This article examines variables from social sciences influencing European identity in Western Europe. The study shows that several social variables can be used to predict the level of European identity, which can lead to a stronger European integration of citizens. Eurobarometer data from European Union countries show that specific social variables have a higher relevance for predicting European identity. In particular, the perceived importance of the EU, European pride and whether the EU is perceived as a good or a bad thing are used to predict one’s European identity. Also, over time, there is a change in the social variables which are salient for determining one’s European identity. European pride has become a stronger determinant of European identity compared to the perceived importance of the EU.
Why do you need a reservation system?      Affiliate Program