Narrating European integration: transnational actors and stories

Wolfram Kaiser, Richard McMahon

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This article introduces the special issue on narrating European integration. Narratives, or stories, are a key mechanism for constructing individual and collective identities, and other politically important elements of discourse. The articles in this special issue go beyond most existing work on narratives. First, they examine the actors and networks, ranging from EU institutions to political parties and social groups, which create, foster and disseminate narratives. Second, they address major narratives and sets of narrating actors of at least a partly transnational nature. Third, the authors transgress disciplinary boundaries, drawing on contemporary history, sociology, political science and cultural studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-160
Number of pages12
JournalNational Identities
Issue number2
Early online date26 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • European integration
  • identity
  • narratives
  • myths
  • transnational actors


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