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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Social Movements
Social movements

In Europe, as in the rest of the Western world, scholarly interest in social movements developed with the wave of protest that, in the late sixties, shook confidence in the ‘end of ideology’ and the pacification of postwar societies. Since then, first in sociology and then in political science, research on social movements has grown steadily, expanding especially during intense waves of protest, but also surviving the low ebb of mobilization. By the 1980s, social movements had already attracted much attention among European sociologists, sharing Alain Touraine's belief that ‘social movements are not a marginal rejection of order, they are the central forces fighting one against the other to control the production of society by itself and the action of classes for ...

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