Modern France. Society in transition

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Publication Date 1999
ISBN 0-415-15431-6 (Hbk)
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Modern France: society in transition:

This is an up-to-date and accessible introduction to the nature of French society at the end of the twentieth century. It examines the transition of France and French life as the nation moves from an industrial to a post-industrial economy, together with the cultural and social dislocations that such an evolution implies. In the first half of the book, sociological concepts and categories are discussed: class, race, gender, age and region and how they combine together to produce inequalities and identities. These concepts are then applied to a range of issues such as work, politics, education, health, religion and leisure.

Modern France reveals the nature of French society at a critical moment in its evolution and illustrates how a member of the European Union reflects distinctiveness and commonality in the development of Europe as a whole.

Each chapter has been written by a specialist in their field and includes academics and researchers from both French and British institutions. The book aims to present a picture of France as it is today and as it is changing to meet the demands of the twenty-first century. The book is suitable for a wide variety of students whose courses require them to understand the structures of neighbouring European societies and to compare such societies with their own. It would also be of interest to the general reader wishing to know more about modern French society.

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