Town Twinning, Transnational Connections, and Trans-local by A. Langenohl

By A. Langenohl

In 2010 the Council of eu areas and Municipalities proven the variety of ecu city twinning relationships as 39,816. the ecu fee has outlined city twinning as one of many major pillars on which a 'Europe for voters' should be accomplished and ecu identification be fostered. but what does twinning entail for these engaged in it on an area point? How does transnationalism input neighborhood settings? Andreas Langenohl argues that the transnationalism of city twinning in Europe rests on practices of localization assembled round an ethics of alternate, encompassing codes of hospitality, notions of friendship, and reciprocity in giving and receiving. according to ethnographic observations and interviews with twinning practitioners, the ebook argues that the type of eu integration completed via city twinning resembles a version of eu integration that establishes 'exchange' and 'market' as a generalized version of cooperation.

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That is to say, I will try to present a conceptual argument in favor of proceeding from the local, that is, from practices of localization, when investigating the transnational, and ultimately global, aspects implied in town twinnings. In order to explore the nature and degree of transnationalism implied in town twinning practices, I will begin by looking at the conceptual notions of ‘locality’ and ‘localization’ that, unlike ‘transnationalism,’ refer to socially and societally constitutive processes, and therefore also have a theoretical significance with respect to the constitution and constituencies of twinning.

First, it directs attention to the fact that the present political charging of twinning as a mainly European (Union) endeavor is supported by historical understandings which have only partially fed into the current one. Thus, for instance, the idea of reconciliation in Europe is no longer part of the political agenda, whilst the pedagogical motive for town twinning to educate good Europeans that characterized the period between 1950 and 1975, has given way to a more activist reading in which the appreciation of European integration conceptually fuses with the capacity to make one’s claims within the European polities.

274). In contrast to Weissköppel, Clemens Greiner stresses the transformative impact that trans-local strategies of economic survival make on the places that are involved. Referring to his fieldwork in Southern Africa, which is characterized less by transnational than by domestic migration, Greiner defines ‘translocalism as sets of multidirectional and overlapping networks, constituted by migration, in which 44 Town Twinning, Transnational Connections, & Trans-local Citizenship the exchange of resources, practices and ideas links and at the same time transforms particular places’ (2010, p.

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