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Contesting Europe's Eastern Rim Cultural Identities in Public Discourse Edited by: Ljiljana Saric, Andreas Musolff, Stefan Manz, Ingrid Hudabiunigg

Hardback - 248 pages
15 Nov 2010
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156 (R8vo)


Since 1989, Europe’s eastern rim has been in constant flux. Political and economic transformations have triggered redefinitions of cultural identity. Combining theory-oriented and empirical approaches, this book analyzes modes of identity construction in public discourse, particularly focusing on national and cross-national rhetorical strategies related to European Union enlargement and EU policy towards southeast Europe.


This is a timely book with a rich array of contributions exploring discursive constructions of identity in a number of countries on Europe’s Eastern rim. Thematically focused and integrated, the volume provides much needed perspectives on hitherto underresearched areas and languages. At the same time, the theoretical and methodological issues that it addresses will appeal more generally to scholars studying political and media discourse.
Gerlinde Mautner, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria

This publication offers a convincing case for the fluidity of national and cultural identities, especially those predicated on 'Europe'. It corroborates the proposition that identities are constructed in relational terms and it offers clear insights on how the 'other' has been dynamically contested, negotiated and reconstructed in public discourses on an enlarged EU, thus highlighting the key role of different linguistic representations in redefining identities. This publication is certainly refreshing as it invites reflections on the construction of 'Europeanness'.
Franco Zappettini, Birkbeck College, University of London, in Journal of Language and Politics Vol.12:2 (2013)

Author Biography:

Ljiljana Sari? is Professor of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian at the University of Oslo. Her publications include Discourses of Intercultural Identity in Britain, Germany and Eastern Europe (co-editor, 2004), and Red-Letter Days and Discursive Identity Construction in Central Europe and the Balkans (co-editor, forthcoming).; Andreas Musolff is Professor of Intercultural Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia. His books include Metaphor, Nation and the Holocaust (2010) and Metaphor and Political Discourse (2004). He has co-edited Metaphor and Discourse (2009) and several volumes comparing British and German political debates about the European Union.; Stefan Manz is Senior Lecturer and Director of German Studies at Aston University. Publications include Discourses of Intercultural Identity in Britain, Germany and Eastern Europe (2004, co-edited) and Migration and Transfer from Germany to Britain, 1660–1914 (2007, co-edited).; Ingrid Hudabiunigg is Professor Emeritus of German as a foreign language and European studies at the Technical University of Chemnitz (Germany). She has published extensively on discursive identity construction.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

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