“The stigmatisation of Central Europe via (failed) socialisation narrative?”, Marko Lovec, Kateřina Kočí and Zlatko Šabič (CIR, Slovenia)

The article builds on the criticism of the international socialisation narrative which mistakenly represents compliance as socialisation and recognises agency only to the extent that it fails to comply. It pertains to the argument that such a narrative can lead to stigmatisation which reinforces social orders characterised by specific hierarchies of power and spatial relations. The example of EU member states from Central Europe (CE) that went from ‘star pupils of norm adoption’ to ‘misbehaving children of Europe’ serves as a case study.

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