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  • Titill er á ensku The Social Construction of the Eurozone. An Analysis of the Social Dimensions of the Euro
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    The aim of this paper is to examine the social foundations of the Eurozone in times of economic crisis. The central hypothesis of the thesis is that the development of the crisis and the problems that member states have faced in addressing it can largely be traced to a lack of a European identity, and that a dividing line between the nation states and the EU has been a fundamental cause for this development. The Eurozone, thus, lacks at the moment, some of the fundamental aspects that are necessary for a common currency to function. Two researches were carried out to search for answers to these propositions. First, quantitative data coming from Eurobarometer surveys was used to create an image of European identity and citizens’ perception of the EU in the crisis. Secondly, a qualitative content analysis research of newspaper articles was carried out in order to examine whether the crisis has affected the sense of collective identity and solidarity between Europeans and whether it has promoted or challenged notions of European vs. national identities. The results are somewhat ambiguous. On the one hand, data from the Eurobarometer surveys shows increased frustration and division between member states as the crisis has progressed, which is largely directed towards the EU. On the other hand, however, the content analysis shows that recently there have been increasing calls for solidarity and unity to be expressed between member states and thus a move towards collective identity and solidarity is detected in that respect.

  • 10.9.2013

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