The distinguishing function of European identity: attitudes towards and visions of Europe and the European Union among young Scottish adults

Christopher Thorpe

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This paper brings Bourdieu's trilogy of theoretical concepts habitus, capital and field to bear on the concept of European identity. By employing a framework analysis of secondary qualitative data in the form of in-depth interviews undertaken with young Scottish adults, it is hypothesised that individuals with knowledge or experience of Europe and European culture are more likely to positively identify with Europe and the European Union than those with either little or no knowledge or experience at all. The results support the hypothesis and the argument is advanced that social groups who stand little or nothing to gain from identifying with Europe are indeed highly unlikely to do so. The author offers specific suggestions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-513
Number of pages15
JournalPerspectives on European Politics and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


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