Local Europe


The “new Europe” is making a noticeable contribution to the reorganisation of “peoplehood and territory”. By doing so, EU-Europe is really constructing with “Euroland” and “Schengenland” a “European space”. But in a powerful process it is simultaneously creating “European places” and “European localities”, whereby the “European” is becoming increasingly “local” and the “local” clearly “europeanised” at the same time. Using Brussels, Euralille and Vienna as examples, this essay will look into this process of the localisation of Europe and the Europeanisation of the local. In doing so, my ethnographical perspective is directed at cities, setting its sights on the various forms but also on the respective protagonists of Europeanisation, because the Europeanisation of the local and the localisation of the European are often contested and linked with the construction of a specific

“cultural heritage”.

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Johler, R., (2002) “Local Europe”, Ethnologia Europaea 32(2), p.7-18. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.928

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.



Reinhard Johler (Universität Tübingen)



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