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Routledge Handbook of European Sociology

1st Edition

Edited by Sokratis Koniordos, Alexandros Kyrtsis


450 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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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.


"A highly welcome addition to the already cluttered world of handbooks, companions and encyclopedias devoted to sociology. This handbook is unique in shifting away from entries written largely by, and of primary interest to, Americans. It accords European sociologies and sociologists their rightful place at the center of what is now a global discipline. However, it also makes it clear that no single part of the world can encompass the field’s great and growing richness and diversity." - George Ritzer, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland

"The Routledge Handbook of European Sociology is constituted as a celebration of diverse traditions and looks to the future."— Bruce Curtis, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Sociology (Sage)

Table of Contents

1. "Introduction" Κyrtsis, Alexandros-Andreas and Koniordos, Sokratis Part I: Intellectual and Institutional Settings 2. "Key Trends in European Social Thought" Dodd, Nigel 3. "European Sociology: Its Size, Shape, and ‘Excellence’" Fleck, Christian and Hönig, Barbara 4. "European Social Science as a Transnational Field of Research" Heilbron, Johan 5. "Towards a European Society: What can European Sociology Tell Us?" Outhwaite, William 6. "The ‘Linguistic Turn’ and Continental Sociology: the Question of Agency and Structure"7. "European Construction and Sociology" Spurk, Jan 8. "Europe and the Sociology of Modernity" Wagner, Peter Part II: Thematic variations 9. "European Sociologies and Social Theories of Work" Bowring, Finn and Fevre, Ralph 10. "Sociology of Religion in Europe" Cipriani, Roberto 11."The Emergence of a European Social Movement Research Field" Diani, Mario and Císař, Ondřej 12. "Is there a European Medical Sociology?" Henckes, Nicolas and Baszanger, Isabelle 13. "The Spatial Turn and the Sociology of Built Environment" Löw, Martina and Steets, Silke 14. "The European Contribution to Environmental Sociology" Redclift, Michael and Woodgate, Graham 15. "Welfare State Studies in European Sociology" Saraceno, Chiara 16. "A European Sociology of Migration? Not Yet, Not Quite" Sciortino, Giuseppe 17. "Social Stratification Research in Europe" Scott, John Part III: Regional variations 18. "Italian Sociology and European Sociology" Andreotti, Alberta and Benassi, David 19. "Nordic Sociology" Aspers Patrik, Gronow Jukka, Kaspersen Lars Bo, Mjøset Lars, Rafnsdóttir Guðbjörg Linda and Sinnemäki Aino 20. "Sociology in the Netherlands" De Haan, Jos 21. "The French Contribution to European Sociology since 1945" Dobré, Michelle and Haesler, Aldo 22. "Sociology in Germany (1949 to present)" Fischer, Joachim 23. "Portuguese Sociology: A non Cesurial Perspective" Garcia José Luís, Graça João Carlos, Jerónimo Helena Mateusand Marques, Rafael 24. "Contemporary Sociology in Spain" Giner, Salvador and Yruela, Manuel Pérez 25. "The Late Ascent of the UK to a Sociological Great Power: A comment from the margins" Kyrtsis, Alexandros-Andreas 26. "No longer between East and West: Dialectics and paradoxes in Polish sociology " Mucha, Janusz and Krzyżowski, Łukasz 27."The Re-emergence of Sociology in Russia" Radaev, Vadim


About the Editors

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.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General