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A Civic Studies Perspective on European Citizens: In Search for Potential in the Conflict surrounding TTIP


Publikation

Schröder, Nora Sophie (2017): A Civic Studies Perspective on European Citizens: In Search for Potential in the Conflict surrounding TTIP, in: European Societies and Politics, published online: 16.08.2017.

Abstract

‘Civic Studies’ is a nascent field of research coming from the US, which
is widely unknown in European academia, however it is a promising
approach for research on representation and citizenship in the
crisis-ridden EUrope of today. That today’s EUrope is far from being
free of conflict is a fact that repeatedly provokes an outcry for a
stronger EUropean community to overcome the ‘EUropean crisis’. I
approach this interconnectedness of community and conflict in a
different way, stating that conflict in and about EUrope has the
potential to create a community of active European citizens – a new
collective that I call the ‘European Civics’. In my research project,
this ‘European Civics’ is engaged in a EUropean conflict that has been
of topical public interest in the last years: the Anti-TTIP-protests.