[Blueboard] Invitation to "CULTURAL INTEGRATIONS: EXPLAINING ASEAN’S USE OF DIVERSITY AND THE EU’S USE OF COMMONALITY IN SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTING A REGIONAL CULTURAL IDENTITY"

Department of Sociology and Anthropology [LS] socioanthro.soss at ateneo.edu
Fri Nov 21 13:47:44 PHT 2014


The Department of Sociology and Anthropology
School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University

cordially invite you to a graduate research colloquium

*CULTURAL INTEGRATIONS: EXPLAINING ASEAN’S USE OF DIVERSITY AND *
*THE EU’S USE OF COMMONALITY IN SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTING *
*A REGIONAL CULTURAL IDENTITY*

by

*Manuel Enverga III*
PhD in Sociology Candidate
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

28 November 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
LH 306

This study examines the dynamics of cultural integration in the Association
of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU). It looks at
the way decision-makers in the two regional blocs have been able to
socially construct a cultural identity, where Member States and individual
citizens see themselves as one unit despite having national differences. In
this study, it was evident that ASEAN and the EU have different cultural
integration trajectories, with the Southeast Asian bloc being more focused
on exhibiting Member State diversity, and the European bloc emphasizing
regional commonalities.

The difference between the cultural integration processes in ASEAN and the
EU may be attributed to three factors: organizational structure and
decision-making process; discourse on common culture; and a sense of
community among a region’s citizens. Both ASEAN and the EU are
organizations, and as such, organizational structure and decision-making
process provide a context for each region’s decision-makers to begin the
process of socially constructing a regional cultural identity. The
discourse on common culture refers to the expert theories that
decision-makers draw on in order to understand, articulate, and
consequently, legitimize cultural identity. The discourses affect the
formulation of policies, symbols and cultural activities in the regional
blocs. Individual citizens’ feelings of community reflect their
internalization of the institution of cultural identity, which reinforces
the process of cultural integration. They manifest community through their
identification with the region and their affinity towards regional
compatriots.

*Biographical Sketch*
Manuel “BJ” Enverga III is a faculty member of the European Studies Program
of the Ateneo de Manila University. He is currently completing his
Doctorate in Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of
the same institution. His research interests include regional integration,
culture, and diplomacy.

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