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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Sociology of the European Union

ISBN 9780230207110
Publication Date March 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Sociology of the European Union examines how core sociological theories, concepts and methods can be applied to the study of the EU. Carefully integrating theory and empirical research, the book:

• Explores key concepts in European studies, such as Europeanization, integration and transnationalism
• Assesses the social foundations of Europe, from class and citizenship to mobility and culture
• Includes contributions by internationally renowned names in political, economic and cultural sociology
• Contains a postface from George Ross, one of the leading figures in contemporary European Studies
This thought-provoking book opens up new questions and debates whilst introducing readers to essential ideas and cutting-edge research. It is invaluable reading for students of Sociology, European Studies, Politics and International Relations.

ADRIAN FAVELL Professor of European and International Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. He has published widely in the areas of multiculturalism, migration, cosmopolitanism and cities, including Philosophies of Integration: Immigration and the Idea of Citizenship in France and Britain, The Human Face of Global Mobility, and Pioneers of European Integration: Citizenship and Mobility in the EU. For further details, see his website: www.adrianfavell.com 
VIRGINIE GUIRAUDON Research Professor at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the University of Lille Nord de France. A recipient of the Descartes-Huygens prize and the European Union Studies Association Best Paper prize, Virginie was also awarded the CNRS bronze medal for best young researcher. Her books include: Les politiques d'immigration en Europe, Controlling a New Migration World, and Immigration Politics in Europe: The Politics of Control.

Introduction; A.Favell & V.Guiraudon
Social Class and Identity; J.D.Medrano
Social Mobility and Spatial Mobility; A.Favell & E.Recchi
Elites, Middle Classes and Cities; A.Andreotti & P.Le Gales 
Markets and Firms; N.Fligstein
Mobilizations; V.Guiraudon
EU Politics; N.Kauppi
EU Policies; F.Mérand
Social Theory and European Integration; H.Trenz
Postface; G.Ross


ALBERTA ANDREOTTI Researcher in Sociology, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
NEIL FLIGSTEIN Director of the Center for Culture, Organization, and Politics at the Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley, US
NIILO KAUPPI Director of Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, University of Strasbourg, France
PATRICK LE GALÈS Director of research at the Center for European Studies, Sciences Po, France
JUAN DÍEZ MEDRANO Professor of Sociology, Universidad de Barcelona, Spain
FRÉDÉRIC MERAND Professor of Political Science, Université de Montréal, Canada
ETTORE RECCHI Professor of Sociology, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
HANS-JÖRG TRENZ Senior Research in the ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, Norway


'This is a well-written and well-structured book from a first-rate group of authors. There is a real need for such a book, and I have no doubt that it will be widely used in undergraduate courses.'- Michèle Lamont, Professor of European Studies, Harvard, USA and Chair of the Council for European Studies
'This valuable text surveys the increasingly rich range of sociological analyses of the European Union. The combination of thematic overviews and primary research makes this book an excellent resource for students and lecturers.'- Helen Wallace, Centennial Professor in the European Institute, LSE, UK
'This superb book brings together some of the most creative and original sociological work on the European Union. It is a core resource for teaching and research in this growing field.'- William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University, UK
'An inspiring overview of how sociology could contribute not only to a better understanding of European Societies, but also to a better cognition of the functioning of the European Institutions. The volume is a great step forward in the sociological research on Europe since it overcomes differences of national focus and offers good syntheses for newcomers and compelling arguments for experts on Europe.'- Berlin Reviews in Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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