1st Edition

European Social Problems

Edited By Stuart Isaacs Copyright 2017
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    European Social Problems is the first book to examine social issues in Europe from the perspective of the social sciences. It considers many of these social problems following the UK’s ‘leave’ vote. Key topics examined here include:

    • immigration;
    • multiculturalism and religion;
    • health;
    • inequalities;
    • education;
    • riots and protest;
    • drugs and crime;
    • sexuality.

    These core issues run as a thread through Europe and are experienced by Europeans themselves as social problems. As such, this text facilitates students’ direct engagement with some of the problematic constituents in their own lives. This text is suitable for those studying social policy, sociology, politics, international relations, criminology and education studies. In this way it functions as an accessible ‘reader’ for final year undergraduates as well as postgraduate students.

    1. Introduction: What Are European Social Problems?, Stuart Isaacs
    2. Part 1: Immigration and Multiculturalism

    3. Constructions of the ‘Migration Crisis’ In Europe, Norman Ginsburg
    4. Migration and Integration, Matt Scott
    5. Religion and Multiculturalism, Jeffrey Haynes
    6. Part 2: Inequalities

    7. Inequalities in European Cities, Jane Lewis
    8. Precarious Work and Unemployment in Europe, Brian McDonough
    9. Health, Jennifer Newton
    10. Part 3: Education

    11. European Ideals, Schooling and Modern Childhood, David Blundell & Sandra Abegglen
    12. The Digital Divide: Neoliberal Imperatives & Education, Jessie Bustillos
    13. Eurovisions: ‘European Values’, Rites Of Passage & Scripting the Curriculum, David Blundell & Peter Cunningham
    14. Part 4: Social Controversies

    15. Riots & Protest in Europe, Wendy Fitzgibbon
    16. Illegal Drugs as a Social Problem, James Morgan & Dan Silverstone
    17. Homosexuality & Homophobia in Europe, María E. López


    Stuart Isaacs is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Sociology at London Metropolitan University. He is the co-author of Contemporary Political Theorists in Context (2009) and Political Theorists in Context (2004), as well as the sole author of The Politics and Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott (2006), all published by Routledge. His research interests are in political and social theory. He has recently been made a University Teaching Fellow in recognition of his outstanding contribution to teaching and learning.