“Stranger in My Own Country”

Fatima El-Tayeb

in European Others

Published by University of Minnesota Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780816670154
Published online August 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781452947242 | DOI:
“Stranger in My Own Country”

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This chapter discusses the attempt of the European Union (EU) to become a postnational society. The EU initially aimed at integrating the populations of migrant and minorities into the EU community. However, this did not happen, instead these populations were referred to as the signifiers of non-Europeanness and threat to Europeans’ national identity as a result of their different race, culture, and religion. Authentic Europeans then subjected these populations to a compatibility test of whether or not these populations have a common history with that of the non-immigrant Europeans. This chapter focuses on the complicated interactions of the adverse parties within the European spaces, the global landscape, and the context of normative European history. It explores these spatial interactions through Jürgen Habermas’ and Jean Baudrillard’ s universal and cosmopolitan perspectives, as well as Immanuel Kant’s principle of universal hospitality and Hannah Arendt’s “right to have rights.”

Keywords: European Union; Jürgen Habermas; Jean Baudrillard; Immanuel Kant; Hannah Arendt; non-Europeanness

Chapter.  17339 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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