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We in the Union: A Polish perspective on identity

Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk Barbara and Jerzy Tomaszczyk

in European Identity

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602308
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739156 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602308.003.0008

Series: IntUne

We in the Union: A Polish perspective on identity

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Chapter 8 examines the extent to which Polish newspapers concentrate on European matters, and to what extent they reveal the construction of a European identity of the Poles. Furthermore, it identifies the contexts in which the topics raised and the ways they are presented and discussed in the media refer to national matters and local problems and portray Polish national identity. In the majority of cases the language data presented do not support the idea of any single category of identity. The data can rather be taken as evidence of a dynamic process of construing a hybrid notion of multiple identities observed in the Polish discourses of belonging and non‐belonging — a notion which frequently seem inherently inconsistent.

Keywords: Polish identity; Polish newspaper; belonging; non-belonging; language data

Chapter.  12629 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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