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,

Eastern Socialism and Western Union: Two Processes of Social Steering

Eastern socialism and western union: Two processes of social steering

Social steering is a concept for designating attempts at deliberately directing social processes towards a certain goal over a significant amount of time. Planned social change or directed social development often operate as synonyms. A presupposition is the modern discovery of the future as a new horizon to head for, full of places you have never seen before. Within this open future perspective, the particularity of steering is its focusing on the road between here and there, not only on choosing the right road but also on how to stay on course.1

Europe has seen two of the world's grandest attempts at large-scale social steering: building socialism ...

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