This comprehensive textbook provides a thorough analysis of the nature of European societies across the expanded EU member states. Using a wealth of data, the authors compare the different dimensions of the territorial and social order of Europe and address a range of issues relating to Europeanisation and key topics such as inequality, migration, poverty, population and family, the labour market and education. Presented in a student friendly way, this book also helps unravel people's attitudes towards Europe, European integration and citizens of other European countries. It will be an essential read for under- and post-graduate students and academics of sociology, European studies, social stratification, social policy and political sciences.
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Steffen Mau, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Bremen and Roland Verwiebe, Institute of Sociology, University of ViennaReview:
This book takes seriously the properties of a society that emerges out of the increasing interaction of national societies in Europe. Based on an impressive grasp of comparative research the authors succeed in making sense of a transnational" perspective on the emerging European society." Klaus Eder, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
This is the first - and will probably for some time remain the only, so large is the task - book to cover systematically the social structure of the whole of Europe, east and west, written from the perspective of a single pair of authors. It manages to be highly accessible to students while not compromising at all its seriousness and academic integrity. Colin Crouch, University of Warwick
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