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European Modernity and Beyond
The Trajectory of European Societies, 1945-2000


June 1995 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The European community has evinced dramatic changes since the conclusion of the second World War; both individually and collectively, its nations have experienced continuous shifts in political, cultural, and economic climes. Has this process resulted in greater solidarity among European nations--and with others on the globe--or has it only strengthened disparities? To what extent has the period 1945-2000 produced fundamental differences or revealed areas of continuity? Through his broad-ranging analysis of the profile of contemporary European societies, Göran Therborn assays the development and outcome of such crucial issues as mass consumption, collective memory and identities, modes of collective action, and the two great steering projects of the times: socialism in the East and European union in the West. Combining theoretical depth with empirical data, this volume will be essential reading for all students of the politics and sociology of Europe and of contemporary industrial societies.

 
PART ONE: THEORY AND HISTORY
 
Structure, Culture and Modernity
 
Europe in Modern History
 
PART TWO: STRUCTURATIONS
 
The Boundaries and the Peopling of Europe
 
Tasks
Divisions of Labour

 
 
Rights to Claim
Membership and Welfare

 
 
Rights to Act
Politics, Sex and Property

 
 
Means
`The Glorious Years'

 
 
Risks and Opportunities
 
PART THREE: SPACING
 
Cities and States
 
The European Economic Space
 
Europe's Cultural Space
 
PART FOUR: ENCULTURATIONS
 
Issues of Identity
 
Horizons of Knowledge and Times of Belief
 
Values of Contemporary Modernity
 
PART FIVE: COLLECTIVE ACTION AND SOCIAL STEERING
 
Civil Societies and Collective Action
 
Eastern Socialism and Western Union
Two Processes of Social Steering

 
 
PART SIX: MODERNITY AND EUROPE: SIX QUESTIONS AND THEIR ANSWERS

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