Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork between 2007 and 2011 in Brussels, this article shows how visual markers, class distinctions and classification of gender performances come together to create a ‘Euroclass’ among European civil servants. These markings, distinctions and classifications are denoted on bodily hexis and body performance and evoke stereotypes and essentialised representations of national cultures. However, after the enlargements of the EU in 2004 and 2007 they also reveal a postcolonial and imperial dynamic that perpetuates the division into ‘old’ and ‘new’ Europe and enables people from old member states to emerge as a different class that holds its cultural power firm in a dense political environment permeated by networks.
Class and Gender Dynamics among EU Civil Servants in Brussels
The case of Luxembourg
often lack qualifications for mainstream employment. Luxembourg’s labor market is shaped around jobs related to banking, finance, investment, taxation and law and the EU bureaucracy. Moreover, for those who came with qualifications, migrants experience
European Unity and the Conceptualization of Sovereignty in British Parliamentary Debates, 1945–2016
Teemu Häkkinen and Miina Kaarkoski
reforming the democratic basis and accountability to the people of the EU. Furthermore, she drew attention to how the debate on sovereignty was not carried out by the British public: “The people I speak to never talk about the sovereignty of the EU, EU