By Sharon Millar (ed.), John Wilson (ed.)

During this quantity we technique the query of what it really is to be ecu by way of contemplating the way voters discuss their daily lives, as they're perceived opposed to the history of Europe and eu matters. as a result, the quantity will supply insights into the infrequently glimpsed micro political global of standard speak and discover the best way such speak in social interplay and different spheres can help us comprehend what Europe skill to a number its voters. utilizing more than a few generally discursive techniques we'll contact on, inter alia, problems with id, adolescence, borders, ethnicity, neighborhood politics, and minority languages. in any case, we propose, it's a good judgment view of pragmatic software that centres what it really is to be ecu, and this can be anything that's continuously fluid and moving inside ever altering social, historic and political situations.

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I was absolutely amazed when I went home for Christmas to find out that the USSR had been dissolved in the meantime. I did not know”. The looking-glass reflection of sporadic flares in the political landscape occurs when the life histories describe personal appearances in the news. At the end of his narrative, Canadian Lironi recounts one such moment, when he joined protesters blockading the Clayquot Sound near Vancouver Island: I was not a “protester tourist” or a life-long city dweller. I have worked, lived, and played in these forests since I was born.

The contrast between my “cocoon world” and then the world as I saw it through the media every day was difficult for me to comprehend. I often remember being terrified after watching the news, and in fact, some of the most vivid and scary memories from my childhood were caused by confusion and by the way I mixed up... the two worlds. – Trine Vrang Laursen Under the care of parents, she encountered a political realm of presumed safety that eventually fell under a shadow. The media revealed the contradiction.

In short, the life histories suggest not an instrumental use of media for gratification or maintenance of community (although these functions exist) but a sort of media environment, a space where a set of dynamic systems operate. Like any natural system, the media environment deserves closer attention, demands appreciation and respect, and merits conservation. Scholars and activists who examine the media and citizenship have an impact on that environment, even when doing primarily theoretical work.

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