Turkey and the European Union

Turkey and the European Union : The Question of European Identity

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European identity has always been in a state of construction. With the creation of the European Union, however, this construction now takes place within an institutional framework, introducing a number of new variables. Selcen Oner's Turkey and the European Union: The Question of European Identity is an in-depth analysis of the influence of these two entities on each others' identity as Europeans in a society of increasing social, political, and cultural connectedness.show more

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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739148591
  • 9780739148594

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Oner's book provides a valuable insight into the role of political elites and the question of European identity focusing on Turkey and the EU. The analysis of elite interviews with members of the European Commission and European Parliament reveals the lack of consensus of the EU elites about whether to define European identity on a civic or cultural basis. It shows that most respondents find Turkish membership to be a challenge to European identity, because there is still skepticism about the strength of European identity. The book thus raises important normative questions about the boundaries of Europe, post-national identity constructions and the construction of 'Europeanized national identities.' -- Birte Siim, Aalborg University, Denmark A timely and balanced book that addresses vital questions about the future of Europe. As rightly grasped by the author, the question of Turkey's membership to the EU cannot be divorced from the idea of Europe and European identity. Selcen Oner's argument incorporates sections on different aspects of European identity and links this issue with the current debates on Turkey's membership to the EU. Both theoretical and field research on the issue provide the reader with a precious insight into how the future of Europe is being shaped on the basis of a process of identity construction. -- Nas, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey Oner is ideally qualified to write this perceptive work on one of the major issues in European, indeed world, politics. She faces the difficult issues about Turkey's entry into the European Union and points towards how they can best be handled. She not only knows both the EU and Turkey well, she also gives solid content to the idea of a future-oriented European identity for which Turkish membership would be good for both sides. -- David F. Ford, University of Cambridge Oner provides a comprehensive overview of how the issue of European identity has been a key aspect in the process of Turkey's EU membership and how Turkey has been a key influencer of what it means to be European. While other factors, such as the economic troubles of the Eurozone or questions about the incorporation of a such a large population may eventually be the cause for Turkey joining or not joining the EU, the issue of identity will certainly be a part of the story. One of the key features of this process has been that the question of Turkey joining the EU has been the catalyst to expose what being "European" means. This is a concept that is under continual construction and Turkey is both a challenge and a contributor to that process. E-International Relationsshow more

About Selcen Oner

Selcen Oner is assistant professor in the Department of EU Relations at Bahcesehir University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 PART I. EUROPEAN IDENTITY AND SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIVISM Chapter 4 Chapter 1. Construction of the Idea of 'Europe' Throughout History and the Attempts for Unification Chapter 5 Chapter 2. Ambiguous Boundaries of Europe and the European Union Chapter 6 Chapter 3. Construction of 'European Identity' and Its 'Other's Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Social Constructivism and European Identity Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Comparison between Social Constructivism and Essentialism in Terms of Analysing European Identity Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Analysing Construction of European Identity on the Basis of Social Constructivism Part 10 PART II. CONSTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN IDENTITY WITHIN THE EUROPEAN UNION Chapter 11 Chapter 7. 'European Identity' and 'EU Identity' Chapter 12 Chapter 8. Civic and Cultural European Identity Chapter 13 Chapter 9.The Construction Process of European Identity within the European Union Chapter 14 Chapter 10. The Role of the Political Elites in Construction of European Identity Chapter 15 Chapter 11. The Role of the Institutions of the European Union in Construction of European Identity Chapter 16 Chapter 12. The Gap between the Elites and the General Public Part 17 PART III. TURKEY'S MEMBERSHIP TO THE EUROPEAN UNION AND EUROPEAN IDENTITY Chapter 18 Chapter 13. The Interactions between Turks and Europe Chapter 19 Chapter 14. The Role of European Identity in Turkey-EU Relations Chapter 20 Chapter 15. The Comparison between the Membership of Turkey and the Central and Eastern European Countries Chapter 21 Chapter 16. The Perceptions of the Elites of the European Union about Turkey's Membership in Terms of European Identity Chapter 22 Chapter 17. Public Opinions in the Member States of the European Union about Turkey's Membership Chapter 23 Chapter 18. Discussions on Turkey's Membership in Terms of Compatibility of Islam and European Identity Chapter 24 Chapter 19. The Influence of the Interactions between Turkey and the European Union on the Construction of European Identity Chapter 25 CONCLUSION Chapter 26 BIBLIOGRAPHYshow more