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Lusophone World : The Evolution of Portuguese National Narratives - by Sarah Ashby (Paperback)

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Now available in paperback! Portugal's EU honeymoon has officially ended. It was the victim of a Europe-wide political and financial crisis, and an unstable EU identity increasingly splintered along regional and economic fractures. What does this mean for the former ''good student'' of European democracy? The answer may lie in renewed Portuguese efforts to deepen and strengthen ties with Lusophone countries across the globe which, since 1996, have been organized into a supranational organization called the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP). The Lusophone World: The Evolution of Portuguese National Narratives explores the dialectic between Portugal's sense of identity and belonging in the EU and the CPLP. It provides an analysis of the manner in which Portugal's institutional allegiances to both of these organizations have impacted the political, economic, and social fabric of the nation. The fact that Portugal is turning to its former colonies as alternate partners in trade, commerce, emigration, and development initiatives may not be evidence of straightforward estrangement from the European continent. Instead, Portugal appears to be riding a fresh wave of what it means to be modern in the European milieu. This new concept of "modernity," related to rhetoric of hybridity and a self-professed position as interlocutor, could be evidence of a deeper understanding of the new tools needed to survive and prosper in a rapidly-changing EU. (Series: Portuguese-Speaking World: Its History, Politics & Culture) [Subject: International Relations, EU Studies, Sociology, Portuguese Studies]
Number of Pages: 172
Genre: Social Science
Series Title: Portuguese-speaking World: Its History, Politics & Culture
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Services
Author: Sarah Ashby
Language: English
Street Date: January 1, 2018
TCIN: 53435982
UPC: 9781845198749
Item Number (DPCI): 248-67-6405
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