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Conceptualising Europe

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Abstract

The chapter traces the origins of the word Euroscepticism in The Times and explores the wider notion of history (and its construction), before developing a clearer focus. It goes on to explore how nations are discursively constructed, tracing how Europe is contested within nationhood. The argument is made for needing to focus on the discursive construction of Euroscepticism via the vehicle in which it is most commonly understood: the media. Much of the literature is preoccupied with the political sphere. The chapter then explores competing articulations of what Euroscepticism is and how it becomes manifest, before looking more closely at its articulation within the media specifically. It finishes with an initial viewing of the articulation of Euroscepticism within the Berlusconi and Murdoch press.

Keywords

History Collective memory Presuppositions Europeanisation Euroscepticism Britishness Sovereignty Brexit Berlusconi Murdoch 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BedfordshireLutonUK

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