This title has potential to become a key title in understanding cultural dimensions of current trends in European unification - a central standard work in the large area of European identity issues. It also has considerable potential to attract a diverse readership, including students, scholars, designers and politicians interested in European policy issues, but also more generally in issues of (postnational) cultural identity and the whole cultural studies field at large. With a large range of fascinating illustrations included, it should also interest a wider reading public with any interest in how Europe looks today. This book systematically and consistently analyses a wide range of symbols for Europe, critically interpreting their often contradictory or ambiguous dimensions of meaning and uncovering several astonishing aspects of how Europe is currently identified - from above by the political elites as well as from below in critical arts or everyday life; from the inside by European actors but also from the outside by its surrounding others. The focus is on the European Union's main symbols, but they are interpreted in relation to a diverse range of other alternatives, so as to uncover the main facets of Europe as it is currently symbolised.
|Publication date:||12th July 2013|
Johan Fornas is professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at Sodertorn University in Sweden, director of the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden, and the editor of Culture Unbound: Journal of Current CulturalResearch.More About Johan Fornas