This is the first introductory sociology text to look at Britain in terms of its geographical position within Europe and its political and economic situation as a member of the European Union.
Introduction: Tony Spybey; PART ONE: THE MAKING OF MODERN EUROPE: 1. Industrialisation; 2. Urbanization and urban Europe: The transition to urban lifestyles and contemporary urban problems; 3. The state as a European creation; 4. Reason and modernity; PART TWO: THE MAKING OF THE MODERN EUROPEAN: 5. Social stratification; 6. Women, paid employment and opportunity; 7. Racism, immigration and migrant labour; 8. Winners and losers: young people in Europe; 9. Old Age in Europe; PART THREE:SOCIAL PROCESSES AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES: 10. Families in Europe; 11. Education in Europe; 12. Religion in Europe; 13. Work, employment and unemployment; 14. European culture and ideology in mass communication; PART FOUR: THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE STATE IN CONTEMPORARY EUROPE: 15. Political participation in Europe: theme and variation; 16. Implementing social welfare policy in Europe: The significance of social work, social pedagogy and community work; 17. Poverty and social security; 18. Health, healthcare and health inequalities; 19. Crime and penal policy in Europe; PART FIVE: LOOKING FORWARD: CHALLENGES FACING EUROPE: 20. Urban change and urban problems; 21. Peripheral nationalism in the European Union; 22. Europe's changing role in the globalization process