Module II. The European Multinational and Multicultural Identity: assets and tensions, immigration and integration policies

2.1 Concepts of identity

Identity means complete equality between two things, an essential equality. European identity would in this sense be an essential equality of all the inhabitants of Europe. But what do we mean by Europe?

i·den·ti·ty
n. pl. i·den·ti·ties

  1. The collective aspect of the set of characteristics by which a thing is definitively recognizable or known:
  2. The set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable as a member of a group.
  3. The quality or condition of being the same as something else
  4. The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity; individuality.
  5. Mathematics
  • An equation that is satisfied by any number that replaces the letter for which the equation is defined.
  • Identity element.

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