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,

Europe's Cultural Space

Europe's cultural space

Europe is not just a continent of nations in a process of possible economico-political and cultural unification or convergence. The population of a state-bounded territory does not necessarily make up an unproblematic cultural unit. The latter may be overarched by supra-national linkages and undermined by territorial and/or functional divisions of the state-bounded population. Nor is the continent to be treated as a given cultural entity, which through time has been provided with different meanings. Rather, Europe should be seen as an area with a geology of spatially distributed sediments of cultural history, layered upon, cross-cutting or under-cutting, partly overlapping with and clashing and combining with each other.

The cultural space of Europe may be seen as shaped by a set of ...

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