‘Now we are European!’ How did it get that way?

“The European” is given as a kind of person and as an autonomous subject in contemporary policy and research. It appears most strongly from the 1970s as a cultural concept to think about collective desires and fears of the dangers that may occur if society and people are not properly organized. In the social and educational sciences, the European as a kind of person intersects with national discourses and studies on schooling, crime, family, commu- nity, economy and citizenship, among others. It embodies narratives and images about who people are, how to act on particular populations, and as cultural theses for people to act for themselves.
We provocatively entitled our essay on the making of the European as “How did ‘we’ get that way?” in order to examine the social and educational science as technologies in constructing this new type of person. In one respect, the human sciences as technologies in making kinds of people are not new. The social and education sciences have been actors in the making individuals into citizens of the nation from the 19th and 20th century to the present. What is different today is how social sciences assemble and connect with multiple policy discourses, institutions, and research practices about a “transnational” citizen inscribed in the notion of European .

Year 2014
Type Journal Article with peer review
Publication Bildungsgeschichte. International Journal for the historiography for education
Pages 82-95
Language English