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European OthersQueering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe$
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Fatima El-Tayeb

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670154

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670154.001.0001

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“Stranger in My Own Country”

“Stranger in My Own Country”

European Identities, Migration, and Diasporic Soundscapes

(p.1) Chapter One “Stranger in My Own Country”
European Others

Fatima El-Tayeb

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the attempt of the European Union (EU) to become a postnational society. The EU initially aimed at integrating the populations of migrant and minorities into the EU community. However, this did not happen, instead these populations were referred to as the signifiers of non-Europeanness and threat to Europeans’ national identity as a result of their different race, culture, and religion. Authentic Europeans then subjected these populations to a compatibility test of whether or not these populations have a common history with that of the non-immigrant Europeans. This chapter focuses on the complicated interactions of the adverse parties within the European spaces, the global landscape, and the context of normative European history. It explores these spatial interactions through Jürgen Habermas’ and Jean Baudrillard’ s universal and cosmopolitan perspectives, as well as Immanuel Kant’s principle of universal hospitality and Hannah Arendt’s “right to have rights.”

Keywords:   European Union, Jürgen Habermas, Jean Baudrillard, Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, non-Europeanness

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