An important viewpoint on images of Europe can be gained analysing the idea of “unity in diversity”. This motto is enshrined in the European institutions official discourse and is a recurring element of contemporary narratives of European identity. This chapter traces, first, the emerging of that narrative, both in official discourse and in scholarly interpretation. Subsequently, the chapter develops a case study of one main embodiment of the narrative of “unity in diversity”: the images representing Europe on the common currency, the Euro. By analysing the process and context through which the Euros have come to symbolise Europe in a series of abstract bridges and doors, as well as the critical reception they have sparked, a specific perspective can be gained on the models of identity that are relevant to Europe today.

Europe’s cosmopolitan identity: images of unity in diversity in the Euro

Monica Sassatelli
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2021

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An important viewpoint on images of Europe can be gained analysing the idea of “unity in diversity”. This motto is enshrined in the European institutions official discourse and is a recurring element of contemporary narratives of European identity. This chapter traces, first, the emerging of that narrative, both in official discourse and in scholarly interpretation. Subsequently, the chapter develops a case study of one main embodiment of the narrative of “unity in diversity”: the images representing Europe on the common currency, the Euro. By analysing the process and context through which the Euros have come to symbolise Europe in a series of abstract bridges and doors, as well as the critical reception they have sparked, a specific perspective can be gained on the models of identity that are relevant to Europe today.
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