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This book explores how Turkey is portrayed in EU discourses and how these conceptions discursively construct European identity and notions of 'Europeanness'.
Acknowledgements Introduction Europe as a Security Community Europe as an Upholder of Democratic Values Europe as a Political Project Europe as a Cultural Space Conclusion Appendix Notes Bibliography Index
'This is the book at the right time: A very systematic discourse-analytical study of the various constructions of EU-ropean identities, on many levels and over time: from security policy making to cultural dimensions and discussions of values and norms. Moreover, the debates about Turkey's accession are investigated in much detail; these manifest the many dilemmas European member states and European institutions are currently confronted with. This book will help scholars and laypersons alike to understand some of the most challenging political issues which confront us all via media and in everyday practices.' - Ruth Wodak, Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies, Lancaster University, UK 'This book makes an extremely significant point: How the EU and Europeans in general speak about Turkey tells us more about the EU and Europe than about Turkish membership aspirations. Arguing from a poststructuralist perspective combined with a rigorous methodology of Critical Discourse Analysis, Senem Aydin-Düzgit demonstrates that there are not one, but many Turkish 'Others' in these discourses constructing not one, but many European "Selves". A Must-Read for anybody interested in European identity, EU-Turkish relations, and systematic discourse analysis!' - Thomas Risse, Director, Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie University Berlin, Germany 'This is a superb book on the construction of Europe and the instrumental role of the Turkish question. It is empirically and analytically rich and theoretically and methodologically sophisticated.' Knud Erik Jørgensen, Professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark 'In her detailed and at the same time highly engaging study, Senem Aydin-Düzgit takes up the argument that what we understand Europe to mean is only constructed through the engagement with 'others', and substantiates it through a superb analysis of the debates about the EU-Turkey relationship. Everyone interested in EU identity and foreign policy needs to read this book and will find a rich treasure of empirical material on the construction of a security-related, political and cultural identity of Europe.' Thomas Diez, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Tübingen, Germany
"This is a fine book which represents a significant empirical and conceptual contribution to EU and European studies. It is well written and well argued. The book's central argument is that there are 'multiple Europes' constructed in the discussions over enlargement to Turkey: Europe as a security community; as upholder of democratic values; as a political project; and as a cultural space." - Journal of Common Market Studies
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