In this book one of Europe's foremost sociologists offers a profound and accessible overview of the trajectory of European societies, East and West, since the end of World War II. Combining theoretical depth with factual analysis, Göran Therborn addresses the questions that underpin an understanding of the nature of European modernity, including: To what extent is the period 1945-2000 producing fundamental change and what are the areas of continuity? Have the societies of Europe become more similar to others on the globe or more distinctively European? What are the prospects of Europe after decades of postwar change and the end of the Cold War? Issues covered include the division of paid and unpaid labour,

Structure, Culture and Modernity

Structure, culture and modernity

A Sociological History

‘Europe’ in this book is not the EC/EU of the early 1990s. It is ‘the house’ from the Atlantic to the Urals, from North Cape to Trafalgar during the second half of the twentieth century, viewed in the late afternoon glow of world modernity. This book is an attempt to grasp and to understand the world historical meaning of postwar Europe, East and West. It arises from a fascination with ‘the present as history’,1 from the curiosity of an empirical comparativist, and from a minoritarian sociologist's commitment to a bridging of the humanistic and the scientific cultures which traverse, rend and – at least potentially – enrich his discipline.2 It is an expression of the historical ...

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