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Europe and Culture

Anthropological Perspectives on the Process of European Integration

Hana Horáková

After the fall of the Iron Curtain a new concept of Europe as a socially relevant object of study emerged in the social sciences challenging the model of Europe as historical entity, or a philosophical or literary concept. This concept provoked an upsurge of interest in the study of European identity among anthropologists who began to study how Europeanness is constructed and articulated both by the architects of the EU themselves and at a grass-root level. Drawing on notions of European culture and identity, this text examines the image of Europe/the EU in post-communist Europe, particularly in the Czech Republic, from two different perspectives. First, how the institutionalisation of Europe as a cultural idea is viewed by some of the Czech political commentators, and second, from an ethnographically grounded anthropological perspective, focusing on how and at what levels a Czech local community identifies with Europe and the EU. Drawing on a broad range of data, the text attempts to provide new insights into the pitfalls of collective European identity in the making, with the emphasis on its cultural dimension in the post-communist Czech Republic.

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Liesa Rühlmann and Sarah McMonagle

structural inequities and support assumptions of cultural deficits of people of migration background and their educational achievement’. Such ‘deficit-oriented approaches’ also find their way into public perceptions, as demonstrated by Erkan's neighbour

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I’m Not Loud, I’m Outspoken

Narratives of Four Jamaican Girls’ Identity and Academic Success

Rowena Linton and Lorna McLean

Experiences Black students in Canada continue to suffer racial disadvantages and discrimination that affects their schooling experiences. Among the plethora of explanations for the academic disengagement that permeates black communities is the cultural deficit

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Valentina Mitkova

, and filling the perceived cultural deficits through the creation of a national literature was central to the period. That objective was also acknowledged by women intellectuals and writers. This article attempts to analyze Bulgarian women’s literature

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Johanna Schuster-Craig

Geduld crafts a narrative of immigrant neighborhoods in which violent crime is constantly on the rise due to widespread and pervasive disinterest in education. The details of the relationship between truancy, cultural deficits, and the likelihood of

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Caitlin Hindle, Vikki Boliver, Ann Maclarnon, Cheryl McEwan, Bob Simpson, and Hannah Brown

more advantaged peers, not only economically but also culturally. This may entail plainly inaccurate assumptions of cultural deficit, as with the centring of much university outreach work around the now-debunked assumption that those from ‘non