The European Union (EU) is a highly contested institution and space. The EU is experiencing a “crisis of legitimacy.” This stems from the persistence of state-centric geographical imaginations of citizens and member states. As a result, the EU has turned to “culture” policies to foster a greater European identity and “social cohesion.” This thesis examines one of these cultural policies: the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) event. In particular, this thesis investigates the 2007 ECOC, which included two cities from Western and Eastern Europe, Luxembourg and Sibiu, Romania. This thesis uses discourse analysis and social network theories, to examine the 2007 ECOC event through the websites of these cities. Conclusions suggest that strong state-centered geographical imaginations persist and maintain a set of dualities between Eastern and Western, “old” and “new” Europe. Findings also suggest that “the network”—as a space and process—is an essential component of the new EU.
|Advisor:||Casino, Vincent Del, Jr.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Geography, East European Studies, European Studies|
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