POLICY BRIEF- RICHES “RENEWAL, INNOVATION AND CHANGE: HERITAGE AND EUROPEAN SOCIETY”: European Minorities and Identity: strengthening relationships for a sense of belonging in the digital era

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Abstract

This policy brief discusses the main findings of the study and offers a series of recommendations,6 which can contribute to the understanding of a European identity and strengthen already existing relationships. The proposals are based on case studies involving the:

 Romani people of Coventry, United Kingdom
 Protestant community in Italy
 Jewish community in Rostock, Germany
 virtual community of Marrokko.nl in the Netherlands
 Dutch-Surinamese communities in the Netherlands
 Spanish-speaking community in Berlin, Germany

For these groups, their identities are maintained in their CH, which is manifested in languages, traditions, historical knowledge, everyday behaviour, and meanings and symbols attached to the intangible and tangible aspects of their CH. Therefore, making commonalities (such as common values, similar traditions, meals, stories) between communities visible, is a positive way to foster European identity and digital technologies provide easy and flexible access to these commonalities. Although such technologies have facilitated and enabled the construction and maintenance of identity, it should also be recognised that they have still to permeate all sections of
society and that there is a risk that some communities might be left behind.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEuropean Commission
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2016

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