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'Not My Flag!' Citizenship and nationhood in the margins of Europe (Greece, October 2000/2003)

Tzanelli, R (2006) 'Not My Flag!' Citizenship and nationhood in the margins of Europe (Greece, October 2000/2003). Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29 (1). 27 - 49 . ISSN 0141-9870


This article critically examines the generation of discourses on Greek identity following an episode that took place in northern Greece (2000/2003) when an Albanian student was elected flag-carrier in a commemorative parade. Three versions of Greek identity emerged in this context: the first was based on civic understandings of identity, promoting the current Europeanist project of citizenship as belonging. The second version drew upon the notion of “culture” as an all-encompassing concept to promote ideas of Greek cultural “purity” that have roots in Greek ethnogenesis. The third version adopted an understanding of the “nation” in terms of racial affiliation, transforming it thus into a natural category. The argument put forward is that in the context of the 2000/2003 episode (a) Greek self-perceptions are affected by the problematic economic and cultural position of Greece within Europe and (b) Greek discourses of identity are a form of resistance to processes of Europeanization that threaten traditional “imagined communities” embedded in history.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: nationalism, racism europe
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 10:03
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2014 04:16
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870500351217
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/01419870500351217
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43397

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