1 Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, SDU2 Institut for Grænseregionsforskning, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, SDU3 The Border Region Studies Section, Department of Political Science and Public Management, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, SDU4 The Border Region Studies Section, Department of Political Science and Public Management, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, SDU
The paper addresses borders and spatial identity from the perspective of transgressing borders and developing supranational identities. It differs from the approach of nationality and nationalism research that works up the specificities of historical and cultural artefacts. It also differs from the identity research that approaches supra-national identities by comparing national identities. This is a sociological approach that addresses supra-national identities from the perspective of communalities or should I say similarities-dissimilarities. The paper draws theoretically on the sociological tradition on research in spatial identity, especially the multifaceted works and long-term discussion about European Identity. The specific aim is to discuss a Baltic Sea identity among young people in the region. The paper draws on existing literature in addressing the theme of constructing the Baltic Sea area as a coherent region and of the consecutive development of a Baltic Sea identity. Then it looks upon spatial identities of young people and investigate traces of development of a Baltic Sea identity. It draws on primary data from an empirical investigation made in 2003, and discusses the negative outcome of these data in showing no evidence of a Baltic Sea identity among young people in the region.
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'Enchanted Borders Workshop' arranged by Södertörn University College at Ballingsholm Kursgård 20 - 23 September 2007