Rethinking Europe. Social theory and the implications of Europeanization

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Publication Date 2005
ISBN 0-415-34713-0 (Hbk); 0-415-34714-9 (Pbk)
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Dominant approaches to the transformation of Europe ignore contemporary social theory interpretations of the nature and dynamics of social change. Here, Delanty and Rumford argue that we need a theory of society in order to understand Europeanization. This book advances the case that Europeanization should be theorized in terms of:
- globalization
- major social transformations that are not exclusively spear-headed by the EU
- the wider context of the transformation of modernity.

This book broadens the terms of the debate on Europeanization, conventionally limited to the supersession of the nation-state by a supra-national authority and the changes within member states consequent upon EU membership.

Demonstrating the relevance of social theory to contemporary issues and with a focus on European transformation rather than simplistic notions of Europe-building, this truly multidisciplinary volume will appeal to readers from a range of social science disciplines, including sociology, geography, political science and European studies.

1. Theorizing Europeanization: Towards a Constructionist Theory of Society;
2. History, Modernity and the Multiple Conceptions of Europe: European Transformation in Historical Perspective;
3. Is there a European Identity? European Self-Understanding Beyond Unity and Diversity;
4. What Does it Mean to be a ‘European’? The Possibility of Cosmopolitan Loyalties;
5. The New Cultural Logic of Europeanization: Citizenship, Memory, and Public Discourse;
6. The European Social Model: From Welfare State to Learning Society and Beyond;
7. Organizing European Space: Borderlands, 'Undivided Europe', and Spatiality Beyond Territory;
8. The European Union as Non-State: The Spatialization of EU Governance;
9. Towards a European Polity? Europe Meets the World;
10. Rethinking European Society: The Global Civil Society Context;
Conclusion: Towards a Cosmopolitan Europe.

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