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Transnationalism as an Index to Construct European Identities: An Analysis of ‘Transeuropean’ Discourses

National Identity and Europe in Times of Crisis

ISBN: 978-1-78714-514-6, eISBN: 978-1-78714-513-9

Publication date: 10 August 2017


Transnationalism is a multi-faceted phenomenon which has impacted on society and challenged, inter alia, the paradigm of national affiliations. The trasnationalisation of the European field has arguably contributed to a political arena where embryonic post-national identities and new forms of belonging are being negotiated, challenged and legitimised. By investigating the discourses of members of a transnational NGO of ‘active’ citizens, this chapter seeks to understand how current European identities are discursively constructed from bottom up in the public sphere. Appropriating CDA, this chapter offers insights into how discursive strategies and linguistic devices used by the speakers and predicated on the indexicality of transnational frames, construct Europe and patterns of belonging to it. This chapter suggests different conceptual dimensions of transnationalism enacted by members in discourse which are conveniently summarised as nation-centric, Euro-centric and cosmopolitan.




It must be acknowledged that this contribution has previously appeared under the same title as Zappettini, F. (2017). Russian Journal of Linguistics, 21(2), 260–281.


Zappettini, F. (2017), "Transnationalism as an Index to Construct European Identities: An Analysis of ‘Transeuropean’ Discourses", Karner, C. and Kopytowska, M. (Ed.) National Identity and Europe in Times of Crisis, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 13-35.



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