The Routledge Handbook of European Sociology explores the main aspects of the work and scholarship of European sociologists during the last sixty years (1950-2010), a period that has shaped the methods and identity of the sociological craft. European social theory has produced a vast constellation of theoretical landscapes with a far reaching impact. At the same time there has been diversity and fragmentation, the influence of American sociology, and the effect of social practice and transformations. The guiding question is: does European Sociology really exist today, and if the answer is positive, what does this really mean? Divided into four parts, the Handbook investigates:
- intellectual and institutional settings
- regional variations
- thematic variations
- European concerns.
The Handbook will provides a set of state-of-the-art accounts that break new ground, each contribution teasing out the distinctively European features of the sociological theme it explores. It will be of interest to students and scholars across the social sciences and humanities.
Table of Contents
1. "Introduction" Part I: Intellectual and Institutional Settings 2. "Key Trends in European Social Thought" 3. "European Sociology: Its Size, Shape, and ‘Excellence’" 4. "European Social Science as a Transnational Field of Research" 5. "Towards a European Society: What can European Sociology Tell Us?" 6. "The ‘Linguistic Turn’ and Continental Sociology: the Question of Agency and Structure" 7. "European Construction and Sociology" 8. "Europe and the Sociology of Modernity" Part II: Thematic variations 9. "European Sociologies and Social Theories of Work" 10. "Sociology of Religion in Europe" 11. "The Emergence of a European Social Movement Research Field" 12. "Is there a European Medical Sociology?" 13. "The Spatial Turn and the Sociology of Built Environment" 14. "The European Contribution to Environmental Sociology" 15. "Welfare State Studies in European Sociology" 16. "A European Sociology of Migration? Not Yet, Not Quite" 17. "Social Stratification Research in Europe" Part III: Regional variations 18. "Italian Sociology and European Sociology" 19. "Nordic Sociology" 20. "Sociology in the Netherlands" 21. "The French Contribution to European Sociology since 1945" 22. "Sociology in Germany (1949 to present)" 23. "Portuguese Sociology: A non Cesurial Perspective" 24. "Contemporary Sociology in Spain" 25. "The Late Ascent of the UK to a Sociological Great Power: A comment from the margins" 26. "No longer between East and West: Dialectics and paradoxes in Polish sociology " 27. "The Re-emergence of Sociology in Russia"
Sokratis Koniordos is Professor of Sociology at the University of Crete. His Main research areas: economic sociology, sociology of work, the social effects of the current crisis. He has published 16 volumes and several research articles.
Alexandros-Andreas Kyrtsis is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens.