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  • Heiko Motschenbacher
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Abstract

As the preceding analyses have shown, the ESC represents a popular culture media event that engages in the re-negotiation of identity-related normativities in the light of (what is perceived as being compatible with) Europeanness . In this final chapter, central language-based discursive mechanisms of identity construction that have been documented in the preceding empirical chapters are reviewed and discussed with respect to their contribution to contemporary European identity formation. The five interrelated mechanisms that are discussed are de-essentialisation (Sect. 9.2), inclusion (Sect. 9.3), camp (Sect. 9.4), crossing (Sect. 9.5), and languaging (Sect. 8.6). These discursive mechanisms yield evidence for central normativity shifts that are associated with Europeanisation . As Europeanisation strategies, they are first and foremost relevant to the ESC, because they help participants to “pass” as European on the ESC stage. However, the discussion will at various points contrast them with the top-down Europeanisation strategies of the EU as the central political institution in Europe.

Keywords

Language Policy National Language Identity Construction National Representation Language Choice 
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