1st Edition

Inclusions and Exclusions in European Societies

Edited By Martin Kohli, Alison Woodward Copyright 2001
    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    European social development over the last century has been characterized by an increasing inclusiveness of people into the ever-larger collectives of the nation state, the European Union and categories of welfare entitlement. Yet recent empirical data suggests that income gaps are growing and that within the physical borders of Europe there is a greater cultural and ethnic heterogeneity than ever before. Effectively, many of the processes of inclusion are accompanied by exclusion and the creation of new borders, identities and rights.

    Inclusions and Exclusions in European Societies features eminent contributors from across Europe addressing the problems of inclusion and exclusion as they affect European societies today. Amongst the topics addressed are:

    • to what extent classical theory provides useful ways of reframing European societies
    • which inequalities in work and welfare persist today and in what ways they have been transformed in processes of European integration
    • how considerations of new identities and the pressure of globalisation affect the forms of inclusion and exclusion in Europe.

    This book constitutes a unique stock-taking of many of the central issues in European social integration or disintegration today.

    1 European societies: inclusions/exclusions? PART I Framing inclusions and identities in Europe: theoretical perspectives on citizenship and belonging 2 At the turn of the centuries: Georg Simmel then and now 3 Recombinant citizenship 4 The narration of difference: ‘cultural stuff’, ethnic projects and identities 5 Becoming a person: new frontiers for identity and citizenship in a planetary society PART II Exclusions and inclusions in work and welfare 6 The paradox of global social change and national path dependencies: life course patterns in advanced societies 7 Reconsidering the socialist welfare state model 8 If class is dead, why won’t it lie down? 9 Tackling inequality and exclusion: towards a dimension Of active citizenship participation PART III Inclusions and exclusions beyond the nation state: Europe and the world 10 Conceptualizing the process of globalization 11 European processes and the state of the European Union


    Alison Woodward is Professor in Social Sciences at Vesalius College, the Free University of Brussels. Martin Kohli is Professor of Sociology at the Free University of Berlin.