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1st Edition

European Social Problems

Edited By

Stuart Isaacs

ISBN 9781138919938
Published June 1, 2017 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

  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

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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.