Speed and Smoothness

Identity Production and Reproduction of Portuguese MEPs

in Volume 25 (2016): Issue 2 (Sep 2016)
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This article examines identity production and reproduction of a group of Portuguese members of the European Parliament (MEPs) through a set of ethnographic vignettes. Literature on European mobility has been underpinned by an assumption that the more we move, the more European we become. But who are these movers exactly? And how do they become European? These questions guide this article, which presents a case study of three Portuguese MEPs who maintain strong relations with their country of origin whilst having to create new attachments to Brussels and Strasbourg. The MEPs have to insert themselves into a culture of speed and smoothness. They have to redesign themselves as figures of speed. The article argues that this process makes them European. They identify with Europe because they maintain a strong relation with their country of origin, which means moving more, which in turn means being a modern European citizen.

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

in Volume 25 (2016): Issue 2 (Sep 2016)

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