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Integration processes and identity: a view of the European youth

Research Article

Elena V. Viktorova Candidate of Economics
University of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia
ORCID ID=0000-0002-2370-7872
Daria A. Petrenko
University of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia
ORCID ID=0000-0001-5849-5585
Natalia V. Vlasova Candidate of Philosophy
University of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia
ORCID ID=0000-0001-9631-7296
Integration processes and identity: a view of the European youth.
Vestnik instituta sotziologii. 2021. Vol. 12. No. 1. P. 39-61

Дата поступления статьи: 21.02.2021
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Topic: Social activities and identity transformations: Russian Federation and European Union based processes

For citation:
Viktorova E. V., Petrenko D. A., Vlasova N. V. Integration processes and identity: a view of the European youth. Vestnik instituta sotziologii. 2021. Vol. 12. No. 1. P. 39-61
DOI: https://doi.org/10.19181/vis.2021.12.1.698


The presented article, based on the empirical study materials, examines the concept of European identity and the attitude to the European integration of the young people in a number of the EU countries. The relevance of the study is determined by the lack of a clear definition of the concept of “European identity” in the scientific discourse, as well as the need to assess to what extent the opinion of Europeans, in particular of the younger generation, coincides with the statements of researchers in this field. The objective of this study is to determine how representatives of European youth understand European identity, to highlight its main elements and assess the impact of European integration processes on the formation of European and national identities. Students from European countries were selected as the target group of the study, since their worldview was formed in the context of a united Europe. The research was carried out within the framework of the Erasmus + Jean Monnet Project “Transformation of identities in Europe and Russia in modern conditions” (Project No. 611458-EPP-1-2019-1-RU-EPPJMO-PROJECT). In conducting the research, the in-depth interview was chosen as the main method.he results of the study showed that respondents, whilst identifying themselves as Europeans, still find their national identity more important. Among the elements of European identity, the respondents name, first of all, “European values” (mobility, freedom, democracy), as well as cultural (religion) and behavioral characteristics (love of travel). The study results are preliminary and allow us to identify the most significant trends in the formation of the modern European identity, that will serve as the basis for further research.


European identity, national identity, European Union, European integration, youth, in-depth interviews



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