Reflexive Geographies of Europeanization

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Mainstream academic accounts tend to reduce Europeanization to the processes of domestic adaptation to the project of regional integration epitomized by the European Union. We take a look into the history of this current conceptualization and critically examine the foundations on which such an elitist and parsimonious idea of Europeanization has been built. To attend to the myriad faces of Europeanization as a geopolitical discourse and practice, we argue for a pluralist conduct of inquiry into the manifold power relations in Europe. We thereby call for a reflexive approach which would allow for a more encompassing and contextualized understanding of the sociospatial dimensions of these intricate processes and would address many silences in the multifaceted geographies of Europeanization.

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