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European Multiplicity

Editor(s): Didem Buhari-Gulmez, Chris Rumford
Contributors: Ramneek Grewal, Nora Siklodi, Valentina Kostadinova, Joanna Cagney, Sebastian M. Büttner, Alistair Brisbourne,

Book Description

European Multiplicity does not conform to the expectations of a narrow EU studies agenda wherein European integration is seen as the destiny for the continent, each country (including non-members) being compelled to seek a place in an unfolding order “united in diversity”. Rather, the book demonstrates the benefits of an agenda shift, away from an overriding concern with integration towards a consideration of the possibility that a singular ‘Europe’ may not exist and that the multiplicity of Europe is all around us. As the chapters in this volume highlight, multiplicity reveals itself across the range of EU studies as a key dimension in Europe’s transformation. Multiplicity is evident both in cases where official EU policy exists (labour migration, citizenship, regional policy) and in areas which are central to European life more generally (multiculturalism, multilingualism, the public sphere, Euroscepticism). The idea of “European multiplicity” also challenges the established notion that plurality can be accounted for in terms of identity politics. Moreover, it confronts the tendency to see Europe in terms of binaries, such as East/West, old/new, North/South, core/periphery, Christian/Muslim, EU members/non-members, and top-down/bottom-up. A core feature of this book is the establishment of the viability of an approach to studying Europe which does not rely on the binaries upon which thinking about identity is all-too-often based. “Many Europes” is one of the growing issues in EU scholarship, no longer confined to the margins of European Studies. The book makes a compelling case for the idea that Europe is best understood in terms of its inherent multiplicity.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5366-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5366-6
Date of Publication: 01/01/2014
Pages / Size: 245 / A5
Price: £44.99


Chris Rumford is Professor of Political Sociology and Global Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is also the Co-Director of the Centre for Global and Transnational Politics. His books include Cosmopolitan Borders; The Globalization of Strangeness, Cosmopolitan Spaces: Europe, Globalization, Theory; The Sage Handbook of European Studies (as editor); and Rethinking Europe: Social Theory and the Implications of Europeanization (with Gerard Delanty). He also co-edits the book series Routledge Studies in Global and Transnational Politics.

Didem Buhari-Gulmez received her PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of London, and is an Early Career Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. She has published in International Political Sociology, New Global Studies, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, and Southeast European and Black Sea Studies on European enlargement, the World Society School, and Turkish politics. She is currently co-editing a special thematic issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies on “Europe and World Society” and is the founding co-editor of