Rethinking Europe: Social Theory and the Implications of Europeanization

Delanty, Gerard and Rumford, Chris (2005) Rethinking Europe: Social Theory and the Implications of Europeanization. Routledge, Abingdon and New York. ISBN 9780415347143

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: The book has been very favourably received in terms of book reviews, as in: International Sociology (2007), Sociology (40, 6: 1222-3 2006) and European Societies (2006 vol 8, 3: 481-8). It has been recognized to offer a distinctively social theoretical approach to Europeanization. A Slovenian translation has been commissioned. Gerard Delanty's chapters (the first five) have all been based on considerably re-worked previously published journal articles, all of which were published within the current RAE census period.
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Gerard Delanty
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:34
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2012 07:51
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26701
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