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Europeanisation and globalisation

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Hanquinet, Laurie; Savage, Mike

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Abstract Our paper will show preliminary results of the FP7 EUCROSS project to examine the scope and nature of cross-border practices within six European nations (Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Denmark and Romania), based on a quantitative survey undertaken on a random telephone sample of more than 6,000 EU residents. The paper presents the results of two hierarchical logistic regressions assessing the extent to which cross-border practices (mobility and consumption practices) can be associated with both European and global identities (feeling European - feeling citizen of the world). We show that transnational consumption practices are crucially associated with both European and global identities, and indeed are more important than socio-demographic variables and personal experiences of mobility. The systematic comparison of the results of both regressions helps us disentangle processes of cosmopolitisation and europeanisation of daily lives in the context of globalisation. Are the most mobile the most European? Or is it only some specific practices that trigger a higher affinity with the idea of Europe? Can cross-border practices be related to a greater cosmopolitan attitude defined as openness to diversity? We show that specific cross-border practices related to Europe (e.g. purchase in the EU – and not outside the EU, preferences for European cuisines, familiarity with specifically European countries) are associated with a stronger European identity. Other practices are associated with a global identity, such as listening to global music, indicating a certain degree of differentiation between the two processes.
Keywords EU; European integration; transnationality; transnationalization; globalization; cosmopolitanism; european identity; identification; mobility; migration; Europeanization; everyday life; cultural diversity; buying behavior; cultural identity; cultural capital; taste; consumption behavior
Classification European Politics; Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature
Free Keywords EUCROSS; cross-border mobility; cross-border practices; cross-border transactions; collective identification; virtual mobility; everyday transnationalism; European cuisine; EU country familiarity; global music; global identity
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages 20 p.
Series EUCROSS Working Paper, 6
Status Published Version; not reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications