Towards a Practice Turn in EU Studies: The Everyday of European Integration

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This paper explores how practice theory can be recruited for the study of European integration. New generations of EU researchers are fascinated by the prospect of leaving the armchair and studying the people and artefacts that make the EU on an everyday level. This paper surveys key practice-oriented, anthropological and micro-sociological studies of the EU and European integration and shows how their findings challenge more traditional understandings of the dynamics of European integration. Moving beyond a stock-taking, the paper distinguishes between ‘organised’ and ‘everyday’ practices and explores the potential of a practice turn in EU studies for both theory (overcoming dualism, replacing substantialism with processualism and rethinking power) and methods (including unstructured interviews, fieldwork and participant observation). A practice turn will force us to rethink core assumptions about the EU and allow us to grasp otherwise unchartered performances and social activities that are crucial for European integration.
TidsskriftJournal of Common Market Studies
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)87-103
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 2016


  • Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet - EU, European studies, EU studies, Practice theory, Everyday life, Anthropology, sociology, fieldwork, participant observation, methodology, methods and methodology

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