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Recent attempts by the European Commission to foster a pan-European nation among
linguistically diverse peoples have demonstrated the problematic theoretical relationship of
nation with narration. In examining this relationship, Cris Shore’s anthropological study of the
European Union sidesteps the oft-discussed political and economic facets to look at the cultural
politics of European integration. While Shore notes that many EU policymakers accustomed to
technical matters found his anthropological study of “the tribes of Brussels… rather odd or
faintly amusing” (Shore, 10) his study is actually far from novel, drawing on a rich pedigree of
cultural theorists that have attempted to map the relationship between nation or narration.
Indeed, much of theoretical basis of Shore’s critical analysis of EU cultural politics is
remarkably similar to the writings of Benedict Anderson and Susanne Zantop.