Constructions of European Identity

Debates and Discourses on Turkey and the EU

  • Senem Aydin-Düzgit

Part of the Identities and Modernities in Europe book series (IME)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Senem Aydin-Düzgit
    Pages 1-29
  3. Senem Aydin-Düzgit
    Pages 30-65
  4. Senem Aydin-Düzgit
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  5. Senem Aydin-Düzgit
    Pages 99-130
  6. Senem Aydin-Düzgit
    Pages 131-170
  7. Senem Aydin-Düzgit
    Pages 171-177
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 178-223

About this book


This book examines EU discourses on Turkey in the European Commission, European Parliament and three EU member states (France, Germany and Britain), to reveal the discursive construction of European identity through EU representations of Turkey. Based on a poststructuralist framework that conceptualizes identity as discursively constructed through difference, the book applies Critical Discourse Analysis to the analysis of texts and argues that there are multiple Europe(s) that are constructed in talks over the enlargement of Turkey, varying within and between different ideological, national and institutional contexts. The book discerns four main discourse topics over which these Europe(s) are constructed, corresponding to the conceptualization of Europe as a security community, as an upholder of democratic values, as a political project and as a cultural space. The book argues that Turkey constitutes a key case in exploring various discursive constructs of European identity, since the talks on Turkey pave the way for the construction of different versions of Europe in discourse.


community Europe European identity European Union (EU) identity

Authors and affiliations

  • Senem Aydin-Düzgit
    • 1
  1. 1.Istanbul Bilgi UniversityTurkey

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