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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.

Contemporary Social Change and European Welfare Capitalism: The Challenges of Globalisation and Post-Industrialism
Contemporary social change and European welfare capitalism: The challenges of globalisation and post-industrialism

From a sociological perspective, we have suggested that contemporary Europe can be usefully understood as a duality of commonalities and differences within the social complex formed by Europe's nation-state societies. In Chapter 6 we began to engage with this duality and with the European complex in terms of one of its core fields, welfare. We considered the social construction and reconstruction of differences within the welfare field of the European complex in terms of the five multinational clusters of types or ‘worlds of welfare capitalism’ and their related configurations or ‘worlds’ of citizenship. It was observed that these differences emerged ...

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