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Symbolernas enande makt: En jämförande studie av symbolanvändning i USA och EU
Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences.
Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences.
2006 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesisAlternative title
The uniting power of symbols : A comparing study of the use of symbols in the European Union and the USA (English)
Abstract [en]

Symbols in the hands of politicians can be a powerful tool of manipulation. The usage of symbols in speeches or texts can change a person’s will, without him or her ever knowing it.

We have compared the usage of symbols in the articles surrounding the ratification of the constitution in 18th century America with that of today’s European Union, to see if any similarities between these two cases exists, and what implications this could have for the future of the EU. We have divided the symbols in both cases into different categories so as to enable us to compare the cases to each other. With the help of Masters Theory and the writings of Benedict Anderson and Murray Edelman we have concluded that there indeed exist some similarities between 18th century America and the EU. There seem have been some manipulation on the part of the politicians in order to rebuild the respective unions on more solid foundations. Could the European Union, on the basis of these findings, be assumed to take a course comparable with that of 18th century America?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Institutionen för statsvetenskap, nationalekonomi och juridik , 2006. , p. 47
Keywords [en]
America, European Union, Symbols, Myths, Imagined Communities
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-611OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-611DiVA, id: diva2:16325
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Available from: 2006-04-04 Created: 2006-04-04 Last updated: 2018-01-13

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