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 Civil Complex: Cosmopolitanism and the Sociology of Europe

The European civil complex: Cosmopolitanism and the sociology of Europe


The exploratory discussion of the sociology of Europe and the EU in this book has revolved around responses to two main questions. First, how might this relatively undeveloped field of sociology be conceptualised and approached analytically and, secondly, what are some important substantive areas in this field? As regards the first question, the book has proposed the usefulness of seeing Europe as a complex social formation, and of interpreting this in terms of forms of complexity connected with: (i) Europe's duality (between a formation of commonalities and one of differences); (ii) its societal dimensions (political, economic and cultural); (iii) its deep structures (of social space, time ...

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