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.

The European Social Complex: Europe as Network and Empire?

The European social complex: Europe as network and empire?


A new complex and dynamic social formation appears to be emerging in Europe in the early 21st century significantly stimulated by the EU and processes of Europeanisation associated with it. However, even after a generation this development remains in its early stages. Its current outlines are complex and changeable, and its future outlines are difficult to discern and speculate about. Nevertheless this development needs to be given more attention and be better understood than it often is by a range of relevant social science and humanities disciplines, and not least by the discipline of sociology which has, on the whole, given it only marginal attention for far too ...

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