DEN EUROPEISKA IDENTITETENS KOMPONENTER En kvantitativ analys på vad som definierar den europeiska identiteten

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Sammanfattning: The European identity plays an important role for the EU and especially within its will to further integrate its citizens, hence it is a way for individuals to not only identify with its nation, yet also with Europe. Previous research has already established that an individual can possess two territorial identities, such as a national and a European identity, above all it has established how the identities can equally interplay. Further it has been explained how territorial identities are composed of two aspects: civic and cultural. While the previous research has stated how the European identity possesses both aspects, though to varying degrees, little attention has been put to examine how individuals who possesses multiple territorial identification, defines its European identity. This study therefore aims to study which aspects, civic or cultural, individuals with a citizenship who possess multiple territorial identification, assign their European identity. I argue that individuals with EU-citizenship will assign their European identity mainly civic aspects, due to their frame of reference being Europe as a political and economic institution. To examine my aim a quantitative method was used. The results of my analysis show evidence that EU citizens mainly assigned their European identity civic aspects. Even though the cultural aspects, based on the results, still play a part in their European identities.

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