This is a discerning and relevant book providing an informed analysis of European society which identifies and defines contemporary issues and engages with key social theoretical perspectives. Covering the substantive historical sociological aspects of Europe (Part 1), the historical and comparative sociology of the nation-state (Part 2), and the comparative sociology of welfare capitalism (Part 3) Maurice Roche sets out a clear and effective framework for understanding the sociology of Europe.

Approaching European Society

Approaching European society


This book aims to introduce, to develop and to explore the sociology of Europe and this chapter, together with Chapter 2, sets the scene for this project. The book as a whole aims to make the case that we need a sociological perspective on Europe, if only to counter-balance and contextualise dominant and often misleading political and academic conceptions of Europe and of the European Union in particular, which reduce them to being mainly economic or international legal entities. However, the ground on which to develop such a sociological perspective has not yet been secured by the discipline. It has certainly not been well trodden and it remains significantly unexplored.

Evidently, Europe, even in its EU form, is not a nation-state, ...

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