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National minorities - proactive players for social cohesion?

The Citizenship and Ethics Cluster aims to foster minority research in the new 21st century discourses that require different approaches to understanding national minority narratives.

While the security and justice discourses continue to be articulated, discourses of cohesion, citizenship and environmental survival are beginning to form. These are discourses that have yet to manifest themselves in the area of minority research.

The European citizenship discourse has formed over the last couple of decades and often takes its cues from the public debate on EU constitutionalism and the so-called ‘democratic deficit’. National minority narratives inform the European citizenship discourse, incorporating articulations of values-driven acts and actions.

Impacts of acts and actions are bigger and wider than those generated by top-down contributions to the integration of Europe. They are social and cultural trends aimed towards the formation of a European civil society, a vast, dynamically inter-connected and multi-layered European social space consisting of many thousands of nongovernmental initiatives, networks, personalities, movements and organisations.

In fact, national minorities are likely to accumulate more social and human capital than the average citizen due to the nature of national minority existence (Competency Analysis, 2007). Social capital and participation are thus the key words in the narratives that national minorities put forth in terms of citizenship.

Because most of Europe’s national minorities live in border regions, the importance of the acts of citizenship that they perform takes on a European dimension, not only as a bilateral phenomenon but as a European integration phenomenon creating spaces of co-operation rather than confrontation.

 

 

Head of Cluster

Tove Malloy

Team

Stanislav Cernega
Sonja Wolf

Affiliated Experts

Kristin Henrard
Will Kymlicka

Cluster News

ECMI Director attends the roundtable of the Citizens' Accord Forum in Jerusalem

ECMI Director attends the roundtable of the Citizens' Accord Forum in Jerusalem

This week ECMI Director Prof. Malloy travelled to Jerusalem to attend the international roundtable organised by the Citizens' Accord Forum (CAF).

The forum was established in 2001, and its aim is to build a shared society through a sustainable democracy, and to create mutual responsibility and equal opportunity among all citizens of Israel. The Forum works to mend rifts between groups in conflict by building bridges, encouraging constructive engagement, and promoting and empowering civic leadership. CAF focuses on ordinary citizens, decision-makers and specifically addresses groups that are generally excluded from the national discourse on social issues, i.e. ultra-Orthodox Jews and traditional Arab women.

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13 weeks studying at a Danish Folk High School: The Minority Changemaker Programme makes it possible!

13 weeks studying at a Danish Folk High School: The Minority Changemaker Programme makes it possible!

European students with a national minority background are invited to visit the Danish-German border region for 13 weeks.
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Season's Greetings and Happy New Year from the ECMI!

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year from the ECMI!

The ECMI team says thank you to all our partners for a productive year and wishes all of you a wonderful holiday season and a peaceful new year.
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Final Event “Youth for Empowerment”: Today is the day!

Final Event “Youth for Empowerment”: Today is the day!

Within the next two days, the participants will prepare their final draft of regional and national recommendations and discuss them with representatives of the government.
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