Perceptions of Europe: A Comparative Sociology of European Attitudes

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Daniel Gaxie, Nicolas Hubé, Jay Rowell
ECPR Press, 2013 - 290 pages

This book presents the main findings of a comparative qualitative survey conducted in France, Germany, Italy, and Poland. Ordinary citizens from very different social backgrounds and professions were asked a range of open-ended questions, allowing them to express themselves freely. There have been few qualitative surveys on ordinary citizens views of European integration, and none on this scale. The resulting picture is very different from the self-evident assumptions of many current studies on European opinions. 

The book stresses the great diversity, ambiguity, and complexity of European attitudes. It emphasises the causal impact of formal education, political interest and involvement, individual everyday exposures to ‘European’ realities, and the role of collective national experiences of European integration and national history. 

This book: 

  • is the first qualitative survey among ordinary from all social strata across Europe that explores perceptions and judgments on ‘Europe’ and the EU; 
  • explains the underlying logic of why Europe and European integration are such a far reality to most citizens; 
  • explores how most citizens are poorly - but unequally - informed about and interested in European subjects; 
  • investigates how citizens are able to express perceptions of ‘Europe’ by using a series of analogies and comparisons often linked to their daily experiences; 
  • identifies the complex range of issues that influence our perceptions, and the irresolute, fragmentary, mixed, and sometimes contradictory nature of these opinions.

 

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Table des matières

The Eurobarometer and the Making of European Opinion
17
Methodology of the Project
35
Types of Attitudes Towards Europe
51
For or Against the EU? Ambivalent Attitudes and Varied
85
Temporality and Historical Experience in Attitudes Towards
101
Talking About Europe Techniques and Resources in
119
Producing Opinions on European Questions A Specific
143
The European Puzzle Gathering Sorting and Assembling
157
European Worlds
175
Europe in the Popular Milieus What Silent Citizens
197
When Europe Mobilises
215
Conclusion
241
Subject Index
261
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Daniel Gaxie is a political sociologist and Professor of political science at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has conducted extensive research on political participation, attitudes and behaviour, elites, institutions and public policies. As well as his involvement in the INTUNE and Eurelites projects he is known for his book Le cens caché (The Hidden Disfranchisement) first published in 1978.

Nicolas Hubé is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Deputy-Dean of the Political Science Department at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. As well as his involvement in the INTUNE project, his research interests include the use and misuse of polls in political life and communication in EU institutions. He has published in Perspectives on European Politics and Society.
Jay Rowell is a full-time researcher in sociology at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and director of the Centre for European Political Sociology (GSPE) at the University of Strasbourg. His research focuses in particular on disability policy and the uses of statistical instruments in the European polity. He has recently published with A. Campana and E. Henry, La construction des problèmes publics en Europe, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2007 and with M. Mangenot , A political sociology of Europe. Reassessing Constructivism, Manchester University Press, 2010

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