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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.

Multiculturalism and Public Culture: A Historical Critique
Multiculturalism and public culture: A historical critique

The idea of the public sphere in the European context has historically been underpinned by a normative concern with human rights, democracy and pluralism. In the shadow of the threat of a twentieth century totalitarian Europe this has been a considerable achievement. However that these publics are currently dominated by the cultural legacies of superiority and race hatred is case enough for continued concern. European publics then are rightly viewed as places of ambivalence given the continued co-existence of democratic pluralism and racist exclusion. These features are, however, inevitably complex and demand forms of understanding that are able to do justice to the complex histories of barbarism, progress and resistance.

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