In the opinion of the author, European identity is being constructed as a supranational identity, which attempts to include the deeply engrained "primordial" national identities by merely complementing, not replacing them. Another basic dimension of the project of European identity as found in the works of "Eurosupranationalists" after World War II is singled out: an explicit antiwar stance, which precludes this identity to be used as a militarist mobilization tool, or a means of implanting the sense of superiority over some other. The attempts of various authors, the absence of a common cultural heritage, are discussed. Counterarguments are also presented, claiming such cultural commonality to be non-existent and/or irrelevant. Also internal difficulties implied in an attempt to constitute a collective identity at the abstract level if "high culture", remote from the everyday life of the masses, are pointed to. In the concluding part, the author poses the key question: could supranational Europeanism establish the bond between past, present and future generations of Europeans, so as to ground a permanent sense of commonality?
|Translated title of the contribution||How to construct the supranational identity of Europeans?|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Filozofija i Drustvo|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
- cultural heritage