Constructions of European Identity: Debates and Discourses by Senem Ayd?n-Düzgit

By Senem Ayd?n-Düzgit

This ebook examines european discourses on Turkey within the ecu fee, ecu Parliament and 3 european member states (France, Germany and Britain), to bare the discursive building of ecu id via european representations of Turkey. in line with a poststructuralist framework that conceptualizes id as discursively developed via distinction, the ebook applies serious Discourse research to the research of texts and argues that there are a number of Europe(s) which are developed in talks over the growth of Turkey, various inside and among various ideological, nationwide and institutional contexts. The booklet discerns 4 major discourse issues over which those Europe(s) are built, similar to the conceptualization of Europe as a safety group, as an upholder of democratic values, as a political undertaking and as a cultural house. The e-book argues that Turkey constitutes a key case in exploring quite a few discursive constructs of ecu id, because the talks on Turkey pave the best way for the development of alternative models of Europe in discourse.

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Instead it adopts the differentiation introduced in discourse-historical works between intertextuality and interdiscursivity. In more concrete terms, intertextuality is used here to refer to the ways in which a text draws explicitly or implicitly from other texts in the past or present 'through continued reference to a topic or main actors; through reference to the same events; or by the transfer of main arguments from one text into the next', whereas interdiscursivity accounts for the ways in which discourses are connected to and are drawn from one another (Wodak in Krzyzanowski and Oberhuber, 2007: 206).

Nevertheless although poststructuralist epistemology and ontology require a stress on the constructed nature of the data (Hansen and S0rensen, 200S: 98; Hansen, 2006: 213), this does not imply that 'anything goes' in assessing it. Firstly the 'ethos of political criticism' adopted by poststructuralism constantly questions 'the idea that the national community requires the nexus of demarcated territory and fixed identity' to challenge the nationalist imagery that can lead to negation of difference, and even to violent relationships with Others (Campbell, 1998: 13).

And yeah I see problems with all these countries at the moment, the neighbours like Syria and others, who are more or less dictatorial regimes. Indeed, some like Iran, they are supporting suicide bombers in Israel. As also seen in the excerpt above, a stable Turkey as a security asset is argued to have a preventive impact of the conflict of cultures and civilisations via providing a 'model' for the Southern neighbourhood countries. The way in which these countries would be 'inspired' by Turkey or be 'influenced' by it is grounded in the implicit assumption that religious/cultural affinity would lead to a policy of imitation.

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