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Experiencing European IntegrationTransnational Lives and European Identity$
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Theresa Kuhn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199688913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688913.001.0001

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Transactionalist Theory under Further Empirical Scrutiny

Transactionalist Theory under Further Empirical Scrutiny

Purpose and Scope of Interactions

(p.109) 6 Transactionalist Theory under Further Empirical Scrutiny
Experiencing European Integration

Theresa Kuhn

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 analyses which transactions are most effective in promoting European identity and EU support by examining the purpose and scope of transnational interactions. Sociable interactions, such as socializing with other Europeans, are more effective than purely instrumental ones such as trade, suggesting that questions of collective identity rather than utilitarian considerations underlie the relationship between individual transnationalism and orientations towards European integration. Analyses show that intra-European interactions have a stronger effect on European identity than interactions beyond European borders. Assuming that people living at intra-European borders primarily interact with the people across the border, the chapter focuses on intra-European border regions and shows that transnational interactions among border residents have a smaller impact on EU support than among the rest of the population, suggesting that to effectively trigger EU support and European identity, transactions should take place within the EU, and with more than one member state.

Keywords:   utilitarianism, collective identity, purpose, scope, binational, EU-wide, extra-European, transnational interactions, national borders

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