Signifying Europe (Book)

Signifying Europe provides a systematic overview of the wide range of symbols used to represent Europe and Europeanness, both by the political elite and the broader public. Through a critical interpretation of the meanings of the various symbols—and their often contradictory or ambiguous dimensions—Johan Forn\u00e4s uncovers illuminating insights into how Europe currently identifies itself and is identified by others outside its borders. While the focus is on the European Union’s symbols, those symbols are also interpreted in relation to other symbols of Europe. Offering insight into the cultural dimensions of European unification, this volume will appeal to students, scholars, and politicians interested in European policy issues, cultural studies, and postnational cultural identity.

An ePDF version of this book is available for free download from the OAPEN platform: Signifying Europe.

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This book systematically and consistently analyses a wide range of symbols for Europe, critically interpreting their often contradictory or ambiguous dimensions of meaning and uncovering several astonishing aspects of how Europe is currently identified - from above by the political elites as well as from below in critical arts or everyday life; from the inside by European actors but also from the outside by its surrounding others. The focus is on the European Union's main symbols, but they are interpreted in relation to a diverse range of other alternatives, so as to uncover the main facets of Europe as it is currently symbolised.

An ePDF version of this book is available for free download from the OAPEN platform: Signifying Europe.

Johan Fornäs is professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University in Sweden, director of the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden, and the editor of Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research.

Contents
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List of Figures & Illustrations
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Chapter 1: Name and Myth
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Chapter 2: Identifying Symbols
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Chapter 3: Symbols of a Union
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Chapter 4: Day
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Chapter 5: Motto
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Chapter 6: Flag
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Chapter 7: Anthem
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Chapter 8: Currency
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Chapter 9: Projecting Europe
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Notes
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References
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Index
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'Signifying €urope' can appeal to different sets of audiences, ranging from scholars and students to readers less familiar with the topics it explores, due to its rich and accessible content, which skilfully summarises and further develops existing research, while it ruminates about the signifying processes linked to the EU symbols' 

Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy Maria Kouri

'In Signifying Europe, Johan Fornäs, professor of Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University, Sweden, and author of the 2007 classic Consuming Media: Communication, Shopping and Everyday Life, offers a systematic overview of the symbols used to represent Europe and Europeanness. Since his aim is to reveal the cultural dimensions of European unification, he focuses on EU symbols and how they relate to other European symbols. His well-documented [...] work, is an important contribution to the study of the European Union.' 

The European Legacy Arno Tausch
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