This is the definitive textbook on European societies and the changes the continent has experienced in the social sphere during this century. This text is the only single-authored text covering this topic, offering a holistic yet nuanced understanding of the nature of European society and its dynamic nature. Colin Crouch draws on 40 years' experience as a researcher on European societies to explore this diversity across such key areas of life as patterns of birth and death, family, gender, migration, religion, conflict, economy and inequality.
Crouch uses an astonishing wealth of empirical data to analyse how European society functions on national, international and continental levels with various state and non-state actors. Through this approach, and by recognising and accounting for the fluidity of society, and enduring influences such as globalisation and security threats, Crouch offers an important contribution to the study of Europe, and a pioneering methodology for the study of social class. This text is an essential for those wishing to be up-to-date in both the topic and the practise of scholarship.
This text was designed for upper-undergraduates and postgraduates covering European Society, the Politics and/or Sociology of Europe. It will also benefit all readers studying social class to familiarise themselves with Crouch's innovative methodology and analysis.
Colin Crouch is Professor Emeritus of the University of Warwick, UK, external scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany, and Vice-President for social sciences of the British Academy.
Introduction1. Is There a European Society?.- 2. The People of Europe.- 3. Identities: Religion and Ethnicity.- 4. Europeans at Work5. From Occupations to Classes.- 6. Delineating the Class Structures of Contemporary Europe.- 7. The Wider Implications of Class.- 8. How Many Europes?.