Handbook of European Societies: Social Transformations in the 21st Century

Overview

European integration is one of the most ambitious and socially far-reaching developments in world politics and in world economics. Against growing opposition and despite increasing social heterogeneity, the European Union continues to expand and to acquire new competences. But to what extent is the self-proclaimed "ever closer union among the peoples of Europe" a social reality? In which ways is the political European project anchored in social developments? How does social ...

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Overview

European integration is one of the most ambitious and socially far-reaching developments in world politics and in world economics. Against growing opposition and despite increasing social heterogeneity, the European Union continues to expand and to acquire new competences. But to what extent is the self-proclaimed "ever closer union among the peoples of Europe" a social reality? In which ways is the political European project anchored in social developments? How does social change impinge upon political integration?

Societal trends in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and socially diverse Europe have never been studied systematically. Handbook of European Societies: Social Transformations in the 21st Centurysets to rectify this neglect of societal developments in Europe, providing a groundwork for the sociology of European integration. The book portrays social life and social relations in the enlarged Europe, and gives a perspective on the European Union as an evolving social entity.

Handbook of European Societies is a pioneering source book analyzing the current social patterns on the continent. It covers a representative selection of major topics of social concern and sociological relevance, such as Collective Action, Consumption, Identity, Power Structure, Sexuality, Stratification and Well-being. Each contribution probes key developments in a strictly comparative manner. The Handbook thus offers a detailed look into the intricacies of the national societies of Europe and into the prospect of an emerging European society.

The Editors have enlisted leading researchers to synthesize existing knowledge and to make use of many different data sources in a straight-forward style. The contributions stay away from jargon, simple labeling and sweeping assertions. Instead, they provide solid and accessible information on a wide variety of social trends and processes within and across European societies.

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“... Dabei konzentriert man sich auf die Rolle der politischen Parteien und Interessengruppen sowie auf das Verhältnis subnationaler politischer Einrichtungen zur Bürgerschaft. Das Ergebnis ist eine durchaus interessante Kompilation von Beiträgen, deren Qualität allerdings stark variiert...“ (John Loughlin/Frank Hendriks/Anders Lidstrom, in: ZSE Zeitschrift für Staats- und Europawissenschaften, 2012, Vol. 10, Issue 2, S. 293 f.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441981288
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 11/8/2010
  • Edition description: 2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 686
  • Product dimensions: 1.44 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefan Immerfall is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Education at Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany. He graduated from Ruhr University in Germany, and received his doctorate and his second doctorate from the University of Passau, Germany. Among his publications are Safeguarding German-American Relations in the New Century: Understanding and Accepting Mutual Differences (with Hermann Kurthen and Antonio Menendez), Europa - politisches Einigungswerk und gesellschaftliche Entwicklung (2006), The New Politics of the Right: Neo-Populist Parties and Movements in Established Democracies (with Hans-Georg Betz, 1988), Territoriality in the Globalizing Society (1998), and Die westeuropäischen Gesellschaften im Vergleich (with Stefan Hradil, 1997). Besides European integration, his research topics include political economy and political sociology.

Göran Therborn is the Director of Research and Professor and Chair Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Prior to that, he was the Co-Director of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences for 10 years, and Professor of Sociology at Göteborg University in Sweden, and Professor of Political Science at the Catholic University in The Netherlands. His writings include the following books: Science Class and Society (l976), What Does the Ruling Class Do When It Rules? (l978), The Ideology of Power of and the Power of Ideology (l980), Why Some Peoples Are More Unemployed than Others (l986), European Modernity and Beyond (l995), Between Sex and Power. Family in the World, l900-2000 (2004), Inequalities of the World (2006), and From Marxism to Postmarixsm? (2009) His works have been translated into more than twenty languages. Currently, he is pursuing comparative global studies, and in particular, a project on the capital cities of the world.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Stefan Immerfall and Göran Therborn

Chapter 1: Associations and Community
Stefan Immerfall, Eckhard Priller, and Jan Delhey

Chapter 2: Bureaucracy and the State
Guy B. Peters

Chapter 3: Cities
Patrick Le Galès and Göran Therborn

Chapter 4: Political Transformations
Sten Berglund and Joakim Ekman

Chapter 5: Collective Action
Dieter Rucht

Chapter 6: Crime and Justice
Rosemary Barberet and Matti Joutsen

Chapter 7: Culture
Jürgen Gerhards

Chapter 8: Education
Walter Müller and Irena Kogan

Chapter 9: Elites and Power Structure
Michael Hartmann

Chapter 10: Identity
Stefan Immerfall, Klaus Boehnke, and Dirk Baier

Chapter 11: Leisure and Consumption
Jukka Gronow and Dale Southerton

Chapter 12: Life Course
Heather Hofmeister

Chapter 13: Population
Tony Fahey

Chapter 14: Religion and Churches
Roberto Cipriani

Chapter 15: Sexuality and Family Formation
Elina Haavio-Mannila and Anna Rotkirch

Chapter 16: Stratification and Social Mobility
Péter Róbert

Chapter 17: Transnationality
Steffen Mau and Sebastian Büttner

Chapter 18: Welfare States
Thomas Bahle, Jürgen Kohl, and Claus Wendt

Chapter 19: Well-being and Inequality
Petra Böhnke and Ulrich Kohler

Chapter 20: Conclusion: European Integration and the Elusive European Dream
Stefan Immerfall and Göran Therborn

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