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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.

Understanding the Real Europe: A Cosmopolitan Vision
Understanding the real Europe: A cosmopolitan vision

One of the most vital international debates in the social sciences today is focused on redefining cosmopolitanism in order to understand the dynamics of the cultural, the social and the political at the beginning of the twenty-first century.1 The most expansive and interesting field for both exploring and deploying the new cosmopolitanism is Europe (Balibar, 1998; Beck, 2003; Beck and Grande, 2007; Delanty and Rumford, 2005; Kaldor, 1995). This cosmopolitan vision means that the EU can become neither a state nor a nation. Hence it cannot be thought of in terms of the nation state. The path to the unification of Europe leads not through uniformity but rather through acknowledgement of its ...

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