Europe and whiteness: Challenges to European identity and European citizenship in light of Brexit and the ‘refugees/migrants crisis’

Francesca Romana Ammaturo

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Abstract

This article sets to use the current 'Refugees/Migrants Crisis' and Brexit as illustrative of the numerous challenges the European Union faces today when it comes to its identity and hte construction of a 'European citizenship'. By discussing the proliferation of borders in the European continent and by analysing the sociological significance of such proliferation, the article argued that EUrope is experiencing an ontological and epistemological, rather than existential, crisis that relates to its incapacity of acknowledging, and critically engage with, its fundamental neo-colonial and neo-liberal matrix. The article argues that the stalemate experiences by the European Union with respect to its regional and global relevance can only be overcome by bringing to the surface buried or disqualified knowledges about 'who counts as European' beyond whiteness.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-566
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Theory
Volume22
Issue number4
Early online date16 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019

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