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Lack of Passion: European Identity Revisited

Yannis Stavrakakis

in The Lacanian Left

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748619801
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672073 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619801.003.0008
Lack of Passion: European Identity Revisited

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Why has it proved so difficult to shift, modify or transform the national allegiance of the European peoples and encourage identification with Europe as a whole, with Europeanidentity? How can we effectively account for the rejection ofthe European constitutional treaty in the French and Dutch referenda? The reasons are obviously multiple, but these questions are not unrelated to the whole problematic of jouissance. The European project has been put forward as part of a top-down, technocratic strategy which is devoid of any affective lure. As we have seen in ch. 5, the hegemonic success and longevity of a discourse presupposes an efficient manipulation of enjoyment. When this is lacking – as in the case of European identity – the hegemonic project in question is likely to fail or encounter severe limitations.

Keywords: Europe; Identity; Nation

Chapter.  6427 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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