Symbols and Myths of European Union Transnational Solidarity

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The chapter explores the symbols and myths of EU transnational solidarity through a three-fold analysis of transnational solidarity within, across, and beyond the EU. Based on post-Cold War study of the EU in global politics over the past three decades, the chapter compares and contrasts transnational solidarity from communitarian and cosmopolitan perspectives before advocating a cosmopolitical understanding of EU transnational solidarity in a global context. The chapter proceeds by delineating and theorising the concepts used, including symbols and myths, European integration, and transnational solidarity in order to prepare the ground for the next three analytical sections. Section two examines transnational solidarity within the EU by looking at symbols and myths of communitarian, cosmopolitan, and cosmopolitical solidarities. Section three looks across the borders of the EU to consider the symbols and myths of communitarian, cosmopolitan, and cosmopolitical solidarities within the European neighbourhood. Section four goes beyond the EU to analyse the symbols and myths of communitarian, cosmopolitan, and cosmopolitical solidarities with distantly situated others through EU external actions. The chapter concludes by arguing the need to clearly identify, in line with Carol Gould , transnational EU solidarities as overlapping networks of relations that share and support actions to eliminate oppression or reduce suffering. It is furthered argued that cosmopolitical solidarities that network and share global ethics with local politics are more likely to take actions in concert that are caring and empathic towards distantly situated others.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Transnational Solidarity : Concept, Challenges and Opportunities
EditorsHelle Krunke, Hanne Petersen, Ian Manners
Number of pages24
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication dateJul 2020
ISBN (Print) 9781108487368
ISBN (Electronic)9781108766593
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - European Union, Transnational Solidarity, Symbols, Myths, communitarian, cosmopolitan, cosmopolitical

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