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Europa: frontiere culturale interne sau areal cultural unitar
[Europe: Internal Cultural Frontiers or Union Cultural Area]


  • Brie, Mircea
  • Horga, Ioan


The image of the European culture is given by the association of the concepts people – culture – history – territory, which provides certain local features. From this relation, we identify a cultural area with local, regional and national features beyond a certain European culture. Thus, we identify at least two cultural identity constructions on the European level: a culture of cultures, that is a cultural area with a particular, local, regional and national strong identity, or a cultural archipelago, that is a common yet disrupted cultural area. Whatever the perspective, the existence of a European cultural area cannot be denied, although one may speak of diversity or of “disrupted continuity”. The paper is a survey on the European cultural space in two aspects: 1. Europe with internal cultural border areas; 2. Europe as external cultural-identity border area. From a methodological point of view, we have to point out that despite the two-levelled approach the two conceptual constructions do not exclude each other: the concept of “culture of cultures” designs both a particular and a general identity area. The specific of the European culture is provided precisely by diversity and multiculturalism as means of expression on local, regional, or national levels. Consequently, the European cultural area is an area with a strong identity on both particular and general levels.

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  • Brie, Mircea & Horga, Ioan, 2010. "Europa: frontiere culturale interne sau areal cultural unitar
    [Europe: Internal Cultural Frontiers or Union Cultural Area]
    ," MPRA Paper 44188, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:44188

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    1. Brie, Mircea, 2014. "European enlargement and new frontiers of Central and Eastern Europe," MPRA Paper 56238, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    culture; border; diversity; Europe; identity; globalisation; interculturality;

    JEL classification:

    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • F5 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy


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