1st Edition

Rethinking Europe
Social Theory and the Implications of Europeanization

ISBN 9780415347143
Published July 25, 2005 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

Dominant approaches to the transformation of Europe ignore contemporary social theory interpretations of the nature and dynamics of social change. Here, Delanty and Rumford argue that we need a theory of society in order to understand Europeanization. This book advances the case that Europeanization should be theorized in terms of:

  • globalization 
  • major social transformations that are not exclusively spear-headed by the EU
  • the wider context of the transformation of modernity.

This fascinating book broadens the terms of the debate on Europeanization, conventionally limited to the supersession of the nation-state by a supra-national authority and the changes within member states consequent upon EU membership.

Demonstrating the relevance of social theory to contemporary issues and with a focus on European transformation rather than simplistic notions of Europe-building, this truly multidisciplinary volume will appeal to readers from a range of social science disciplines, including sociology, geography, political science and European studies.

Table of Contents

1. Theorizing Europeanization: Towards a Constructionist Theory of Society  2. History, Modernity and the Multiple Conceptions of Europe: European Transformation in Historical Perspective  3. Is there a European Identity? European Self-Understanding Beyond Unity and Diversity  4. What Does it Mean to be a ‘European’? The Possibility of Cosmopolitan Loyalties  5. The New Cultural Logic of Europeanization: Citizenship, Memory, and Public Discourse  6. The European Social Model: From Welfare State to Learning Society and Beyond  7. Organizing European Space: Borderlands, ‘Undivided Europe', and Spatiality Beyond Territory  8. The European Union as Non-State: The Spatialization of EU Governance  9. Towards a European Polity? Europe Meets the World  10. Rethinking European Society: The Global Civil Society Context  Conclusion: Towards a Cosmopolitan Europe

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'Rethinking Europe provides a thought-provoking and important contribution to European studies. In this book, Gerard Delanty and Chris Rumford propose to develop a new vision of Europe. This vision does not focus on defining what is distinctivelyEuropean but explores the cosmopolitan quality of Europe.'

- Milena Büchs, University of Southampton

Rethinking Europe makes a valuable contribution to the question of how political entities such as nation states, the European Union and a ‘global polity’ are related to ‘society building’. - Sociology, Book Reviews