European unification as lived memory: Shared and diverse representations in textbooks of six countries

dc.contributor.authorSakki, Inari
dc.contributor.authorHakoköngäs, Emeli
dc.contributor.authorBrescó de Luna, Iganacio
dc.contributor.authorCsertó, Istavn
dc.contributor.authorKello, Katrin
dc.contributor.authorMiguel, Isabel
dc.contributor.authorO’Mahoney, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorPolya, Tibor
dc.contributor.authorPires Valentim, Joaquim
dc.description.abstractConcerned about a lack of legitimacy, European Union (EU) institutions have increasingly engaged in memory politics to enhance European identity. Yet, memory of the EU is still closely connected to the collective identity formation of nation‐states, especially in the field of education, the focus of this study. Inspired by this dilemma, the present paper examines the representations of European unification in textbooks of six countries: Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Hungary, and Estonia. By focusing on countries on the margins of Europe, the present study explores shared and diverse narratives of the European unification process and asks whether or not a shared historical charter of European unification exists. All together 86 history textbooks used in upper secondary school were analysed by adopting a three‐step multi‐method approach. The results suggest that the representation of European unification is more diverse than it is homogenous. It can be narrated as a political value community or as a community based on utilitarian interests, or it can be represented from a unified European or from a more national perspective. Exploring representations of European unification is crucial to understanding how they can be used as legitimizing charters to navigate through the European challenges of the 21st century.pt_PT
dc.identifier.citationSakki, I., Hakoköngäs, E., Brescó de Luna, I., Csertó, I., Kello, K., Miguel, I., O’Mahoney, J., Pólya, T. and Pires Valentim, J. (2020), European unification as lived memory: Shared and diverse representations in textbooks of six countries. Asian Journal of Social Psychology. Disponível no Repositório UPT,
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dc.subjectCollective memorypt_PT
dc.subjectEuropean Unificationpt_PT
dc.subjectLived memorypt_PT
dc.subjectSocial representationspt_PT
dc.titleEuropean unification as lived memory: Shared and diverse representations in textbooks of six countriespt_PT
dc.typejournal articlept_PT
degois.publication.titleAsian Journal of Social Psychologypt_PT
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