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Europe Old and New: Transnationalism, Belonging, Xenophobia Paperback – July 31, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0742555167 ISBN-10: 074255516X

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This book does not opt for a facile definition of old versus new, choosing instead to explore the conflicting experiences of political elites and ordinary citizens and what constitutes 'belonging’ from these different perspectives. (International Affairs)

For a student of literature it is eminently gratifying to see a prominent political scientist factor works of the literary imagination into his riveting account of contemporary Europe’s intricate negotiation of its multi-layered, old/new identity. As it panoramically canvasses the sea changes overtaking the continent, this timely book bridges not only disparate scholarly fields and academic disciplines but also different research methodologies, evaluative criteria, conflicting narratives, and alternative strategies of identity formation. (Muhammad Siddiq, University of California, Berkeley)

How do Europeans see each other and those immigrants who have come from other parts of the world? And how do persistent negative images affect the project of European integration? Digging deeply into a broad repertoire of academic writing, political discourse, survey data, and contemporary novels, Ray Taras does a very good job in gathering and presenting the evidence. What he finds is sobering for Europhiles as well as Eurosceptics. (Rainer Bauböck, European University Institute)

Taras presents a wide-ranging and engaging analysis of the condition of contemporary Europe. Using a combination of historical, cultural, and political approaches, he deals with its institutions and policies, its hopes and uncertainties. He explores the differences between Atlanticist and post-Communist Europe and the role of the European Union in bridging them; the tensions between traditional and globalizing Europe; and the challenges of immigration, integration, and socioeconomic change to national identities. (William Safran, University of Colorado, Boulder)

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For a student of literature it is eminently gratifying to see a prominent political scientist factor works of the literary imagination into his riveting account of contemporary Europe's intricate negotiation of its multi-layered, old/new identity. As it panoramically canvasses the sea changes overtaking the continent, this timely book bridges not only disparate scholarly fields and academic disciplines but also different research methodologies, evaluative criteria, conflicting narratives, and alternative strategies of identity formation. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Born and educated in Montreal, Raymond (Ray) Taras received his graduate degrees including his doctorate at universities in Europe. He began publishing scholarly books in the 1980s and has authored or edited over twenty books--on the collapse of the USSR, Russia's identity in international relations, the rise of liberal and illiberal nationalisms, the internationalization of ethnic conflicts, the menace of xenophobia, the critique of multiculturalism, and the impact of public fears on European foreign policy. He has served on the faculty of universities in North America and Europe including Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, the European University Institute, Malmö, Warsaw, and Sussex. He has lived in New Orleans and teaches at Tulane University and spends part of the year in Salt Lake City. His personal interests include world literature, the Sundance Film Festival, skiing, running, and border collies.

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