European Societies: Fusion or Fission?

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NOTES
1
As a point of illustration, I was recently told that the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation received an application for financial support for establishing a gene-pool in Estonia-in order to identify all 'true' Estonians.
2
The former Norwegian Foreign Minister, Thorwald Stoltenberg, once made a controversial comment suggesting that the Balkan people were all of the same mixed origin. This comment was much criticized.
3
True, in some cases particularity can be kept under (ironic) control and thus marginalized. As an example of the latter, let me give some illustration from my Nordic vista: the Danes laugh at the Swedes, while the Swedes make jokes about the peculiarities of the Norwegians, etc. But to imagine that such discursive ironies were to slip into nationalized wars between neighbouring countries would generate much laughter among us. Thus I am not pleading for the disappearance of differences among people, but for the institutionalized control of their discursive use. I suggest that the sociological challenge ahead lies in the better understanding of the complex relation between modernity and difference; between the historically situated relation between universality and particularity; between the political universal category and its ethnic negation.

REFERENCES

a
Arendt, H. (1983) The Human Condition, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

b
Bauman, Z. (1991) Modernity and the Holocaust, Cambridge: Polity Press.

f
Foucault, M. (1975) Surveiller et Punir: Naissance de la Prison, Paris: Gallimard.

h
Habermas, J. (1992) Faktizität und Geltung. Beiträge zur Diskurstheorie des Rechts und des demokratischen Rechtsstaats, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.
--(1995) 'Kampen för ömsesidigit erkännande i den demokratiska rättsstaten', in A. Gutman (ed.), Det mångkulturella samhället och erkännandets politik, Göteborg: Daidalos (from the 1994 German edition, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp).
Hughes, L. (1970) 'That Powerful Drop', in G. Stone and H. Farberman (eds), Social Psychology Through Symbolic Interaction, Waltham, Mass.: Xerox College Publishing.

i
Ignatieff, M. (1993) Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism, London: BBC Books.

m
Magris, C. (1989) The Danube, London: Collins.
Mommsen, W. (1974) The Age of Bureaucracy: Perspectives on the Political Sociology of Max Weber, Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

r
Rawls, J. (1972) A Theory of Justice, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

s
Sontag, S. (1995) 'Klagesang over Bosnia', Weekendavisen (Kultur), 15-21 December.

z
Zizek, S. (1995) 'Chronicle', in Sydsvenska Dagbladet, 30 July.

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