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Framing Europe : attitudes to European integration in Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom /
Juan Díez Medrano.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2003.
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xiv, 332 p.
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0691116113
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2003.
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0691116113
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5058813
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"This book is a scholarly tour de force. There is nothing comparable that I know of. The richness of the data is unsurpassed, and the contextual knowledge of Spain, Germany, and Britain is superb. The book is logically organized, and the writing is clear. It is what scholarship should be all about but only rarely is these days: careful, in-depth work on an important question, displaying an intellect in full control of the material."--Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University, author ofTamed Power: Germany in Europe "This is a genuinely groundbreaking work. It is to my knowledge the very first study by a comparative historical sociologist of contemporary attitudes to European integration in different European nations. It is a serious, thorough, extensively researched project, remarkably at ease with the different national contexts, histories, and languages it handles. The field of European studies--where there is a feeble amount of good sociology on the subject--greatly needs this kind of work."--Adrian Favell, University of California, Los Angeles, author ofPhilosophies of Integration
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-11-01:
Sociologist Diez Medrano (Univ. of California, San Diego) shows how people's attitudes to European integration are shaped by their national histories and cultures. The author conducted 101 personal interviews in six cities: two German, two British, two Spanish. By analyzing these interviews alongside newspaper articles, novels, history textbooks, political speeches, and opinion surveys, Diez Medrano extricates the "salient cultural themes" or frames through which people view the European Union. These frames consist of popular ideas of the nation's history, present status, future role, and relations with other nations. People also view European integration in light of national concerns. Thus, beyond similarities, Germans criticize the EU's democratic deficit and fear competition from foreign labor, Britons worry about losing their national identity, and Spaniards see the EU as an opportunity to modernize their country. Although overly technical for undergraduate readers, this book convincingly argues for the usefulness of frame analysis and represents a wealth of empirical material for researchers. By explaining differential attitudes to European integration in terms of differences in national culture, Diez Medrano opens up the field of European integration studies to cultural and sociological inquiry. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate, research, and faculty collections. W. Maas New York University
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This book is a scholarly tour de force. There is nothing comparable that I know of. The richness of the data is unsurpassed, and the contextual knowledge of Spain, Germany, and Britain is superb. The book is logically organized, and the writing is clear. It is what scholarship should be all about but only rarely is these days: careful, in-depth work on an important question, displaying an intellect in full control of the material.
"Without question a significant achievement. . . . Medrano's study constitutes a significant contribution to the literatures on European integration, political culture, and nationalism. It tells a compelling story of the construction of collective identities and of the myths upon which they are frequently based."-- Andreas Sobisch, Perspectives on Politics
Without question a significant achievement. . . . Medrano's study constitutes a significant contribution to the literatures on European integration, political culture, and nationalism. It tells a compelling story of the construction of collective identities and of the myths upon which they are frequently based.
" Framing Europe is an extremely significant book on an important topic: attitudes toward European integration in Great Britain, Spain, and Germany. It is impressive for its combination of ethnographic, interpretive, historical, and statistical methods and for its synthesis of a vast amount of material. . . . Framing Europe is an important intervention in the cultural sociology of politics. One can read it as an argument about the way political resentations result from other representations in complexly overdetermined historical conjunctures."-- George Steinmetz, American Journal of Sociology
"Medrano has provided us with new and valuable insights into the EU and European integration--well written, close to his sources and data, employing an interesting analytical approach and design that links micro-level attitudes among European citizens to macrolevel processes."-- Stefan Hojelid, European Legacy
Framing Europeis an extremely significant book on an important topic: attitudes toward European integration in Great Britain, Spain, and Germany. It is impressive for its combination of ethnographic, interpretive, historical, and statistical methods and for its synthesis of a vast amount of material. . . . Framing Europe is an important intervention in the cultural sociology of politics. One can read it as an argument about the way political resentations result from other representations in complexly overdetermined historical conjunctures.
By explaining differential attitudes to European integration in terms of differences in national culture, Díez Medrano opens up the field of European integration studies to cultural and sociological inquiry.
"By explaining differential attitudes to European integration in terms of differences in national culture, Dez Medrano opens up the field of European integration studies to cultural and sociological inquiry."-- Choice
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This book provides a major empirical analysis of differing attitudes to European integration in three of Europe's most important countries: Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. From its beginnings, the European Union has resounded with debate over whether to move toward a federal or intergovernmental system. However, Juan D ez Medrano argues that empirical analyses of support for integration--by specialists in international relations, comparative politics, and survey research--have failed to explain why some countries lean toward federalism whereas others lean toward intergovernmentalism. By applying frame analysis to a unique set of primary sources (in-depth interviews, newspaper articles, novels, history texts, political speeches, and survey data), D ez Medrano demonstrates the role of major historical events in transforming national cultures and thus creating new opportunities for political transformation. Clearly written and rigorously argued, Framing Europe explains differences in support for European integration between the three countries studied in light of the degree to which each realized its particular "supranational project" outside Western Europe. Only the United Kingdom succeeded in consolidating an empire and retaining it after World War II, while Germany and Spain each abandoned their corresponding aspirations. These differences meant that these countries' populations developed different degrees of identification as Europeans and, partly in consequence, different degrees of support for the building of a federal Europe.
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Through frame analysis, the author demonstrates the role of major historical events in transforming national cultures and thus creating new opportunities for political transformation.
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"This book is a scholarly tour de force. There is nothing comparable that I know of. The richness of the data is unsurpassed, and the contextual knowledge of Spain, Germany, and Britain is superb. The book is logically organized, and the writing is clear. It is what scholarship should be all about but only rarely is these days: careful, in-depth work on an important question, displaying an intellect in full control of the material."-- Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University, author of Tamed Power: Germany in Europe "This is a genuinely groundbreaking work. It is to my knowledge the very first study by a comparative historical sociologist of contemporary attitudes to European integration in different European nations. It is a serious, thorough, extensively researched project, remarkably at ease with the different national contexts, histories, and languages it handles. The field of European studies--where there is a feeble amount of good sociology on the subject--greatly needs this kind of work."-- Adrian Favell, University of California, Los Angeles, author of Philosophies of Integration
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Frames on European Integration and the European Union in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Spainp. 19
Ways of Seeing European Integrationp. 21
Good Reasons for and Attitudes toward European Integrationp. 65
Journalists and European Integrationp. 106
National Cultures and Frames on European Integrationp. 157
Spain: Europe as a Mirror with Two Reflectionsp. 159
West Germany: Between Self-Doubt and Pragmatismp. 179
East Germany: A Different Past, a Different Memoryp. 200
The United Kingdom: Reluctant Europeansp. 214
Frames and Attitudes toward European Integration: A Statistical Validationp. 236
Conclusionsp. 249
Selection and Distribution of Respondents, and the Interviewing Processp. 263
Newspaper Selection, Sampling, and Coding Procedures for Editorials and Opinion Piecesp. 267
Frames on European Integration: A Discriminant Analysis, by Cityp. 270
Sources for Part II: Novels, History Textbooks, and Head of State Addressesp. 271
Notesp. 277
Referencesp. 299
Indexp. 315
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