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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. (Unpublished)

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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
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMitchell, Gordongordonm@pitt.eduGORDONM
Committee MemberSbragia, Albertasbragia@ucis.pitt.eduSBRAGIA
Committee MemberLyne, Johnjlyne@pitt.eduJLYNE
Committee MemberPoulakos, Johnpoulakos@pitt.eduPOULAKOS
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; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: European Union; Giambattista Vico; Post-national citizenship; rhetorical criticism; Third Country Nationals
Other ID:, etd-04202007-180919
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:39
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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