Academic research on the EU

Problematizing the ideal European self

In accordance with the twin demands of the aforementioned realist and liberal logics, a liberal cosmopolitan government calls on EU citizens to be at once ideal ‘sedentary citizen’ and ideal ‘mobile human capital’ or ‘entrepreneur’. Such ambiguity is, it is claimed, suggestive of the possibility of problematizing the ideal European liberal ‘self’ against which an ‘other’ such as the Roma is constituted, as the possible starting point for strategies of resistance.

This is from the peer-reviewed Journal of Common Market Studies, self-styled as the  ‘leading journal in the field‘. A free subscription to this blog for the first to translate the above to English.


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