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Caught Between History and Imagination: The Arguments for Post-National European Union Citizenship

Beasley, Alessandra (2007) Caught Between History and Imagination: The Arguments for Post-National European Union Citizenship. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

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    The concept of EU citizenship holds promise as a revolutionary model of citizenship where residency and political participation substitute for national identity as membership criteria. However, EU citizenship's revolutionary potential is limited by the fact that today, citizenship remains tied to traditional definitions codified by EU member states, excluding millions of permanent residents who are living in Europe as long-term Third Country Nationals (TCNs). A host of individuals, nongovernmental organizations and institutions have pressed for expansion of EU citizenship to include TCNs. Following Vico's theories of imagination and ingenium and Olson and Goodnight's approach to rhetorical criticism of oppositional arguments, this dissertation analyzes the controversy over TCNs and EU citizenship, highlighting the implications of the controversy for the EU, its institutions, its citizens, and particularly its non-citizens.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmailORCID
    Committee ChairMitchell, Gordongordonm@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberSbragia, Albertasbragia@ucis.pitt.edu
    Committee MemberLyne, Johnjlyne@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberPoulakos, Johnpoulakos@pitt.edu
    Title: Caught Between History and Imagination: The Arguments for Post-National European Union Citizenship
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: The concept of EU citizenship holds promise as a revolutionary model of citizenship where residency and political participation substitute for national identity as membership criteria. However, EU citizenship's revolutionary potential is limited by the fact that today, citizenship remains tied to traditional definitions codified by EU member states, excluding millions of permanent residents who are living in Europe as long-term Third Country Nationals (TCNs). A host of individuals, nongovernmental organizations and institutions have pressed for expansion of EU citizenship to include TCNs. Following Vico's theories of imagination and ingenium and Olson and Goodnight's approach to rhetorical criticism of oppositional arguments, this dissertation analyzes the controversy over TCNs and EU citizenship, highlighting the implications of the controversy for the EU, its institutions, its citizens, and particularly its non-citizens.
    Date: 28 June 2007
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 31 January 2007
    Approval Date: 28 June 2007
    Submission Date: 20 April 2007
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
    URN: etd-04202007-180919
    Uncontrolled Keywords: European Union; Giambattista Vico; Post-national citizenship; rhetorical criticism; Third Country Nationals
    Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:39
    Last Modified: 23 May 2012 14:37
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04202007-180919/, etd-04202007-180919

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