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Opening the european box

Towards a new Sociology of Europe
  • Edited by:
  • Laura Leonardi,

Viewed from a theoretical and empirical perspective, the ongoing process of Europeanization poses new challenges to sociology. As a science, sociology reveals the inadequacy of the conceptual and methodological instruments currently available for our understanding of European social phenomena. Sociologists fi nd it di cult to defi ne the very object under scrutiny: does a European society exist? How should we defi ne a society whose boundary lines are variable? Does a study of Europe from a sociological perspective entail a study of the European Union, or of a broader social formation? e di culty encountered in "studying Europe" in the sociological area is linked to a broader theoretical debate which, in the light of the ongoing processes of change, queries the entire cognitive apparatus and the theoretical paradigms developed by sociological disciplines and related to the modernity of the western world. e "national constellation" of norms, institutions and regulative techniques which have allowed political and social integration within the national state, are now challenged by phenomena which undermine their very epistemological foundations. e concepts applied to the study of social and political integration, - society, state, legitimacy, social inequality, mobility, justice, solidarity, etc.- are, in a classic defi nition of the term, no longer e cient in discerning the phenomena which impact on contemporary societies. e variety of themes discussed by several Italian and foreign authors explore many aspects of the workings of Europe; they reveal new theoretical and methodological perspectives with which we set out to study the political, social, cultural and economic phenomena which today characterize Europe.

  • Keywords:
  • Sociologia,
  • Società,
  • Integrazione europea,
  • Integrazione sociale,
  • Diritti civili,
  • Unione europea,
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Laura Leonardi

University of Florence, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-7667-0479

LAURA LEONARDI has a Ph.D. in Political Sociology and is Professor of Sociology of Europe and Comparative Social Policy. She is President of the Industrial Relations and Human Resources Development Programme at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Florence. She has been Jean Monnet Professor since 1999 and holds a European Module on unemployment and labour policies in the European Union. Quality of work and life, citizenship, and active labour policies in a gender perspective are the topics tackled in the courses she holds at the Faculty of Political Science in Florence.
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Book Title

Opening the european box

Book Subtitle

Towards a new Sociology of Europe

Editors

Laura Leonardi

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

214

Publication Year

2007

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© 2007 Author(s)

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CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 IT

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CC0 1.0

Publisher Name

Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-8453-593-1

ISBN Print

978-88-8453-594-8

eISBN (pdf)

978-88-8453-593-1

eISBN (xml)

978-88-9273-904-8

Series Title

Studi e saggi

Series Issn ISSN

2704-6478

Series E-Issn

2704-5919

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