Social Change in Western Europe by Colin CrouchSocial Change in Western Europe by Colin Crouch

Social Change in Western Europe

byColin Crouch

Paperback | October 14, 1999

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What do European societies look like, at the end of a turbulent millennium which saw western Europe slowly rise to global domination, and then rapidly decline to its present position, prosperous but clearly behind the USA in world influence? This is the only book by a single sociologist to make a systematic and up to date comparison of virtually all west European countries across a wide range of social institutions. These include: work and occupations, the structure of the economy, the family, education, religion, nationality andethnicity, and the mechanism of citizenship in the welfare state. Particular emphasis is placed on the place of gender and social class. By including basic details on Japan and the United States throughout, the author is able to draw attention to any shared west European specificities. The book also develops a theory of change in contemporary societies. Starting from a model of a mid-century social compromise based on certain balances between industrialism, capitalism, traditional community institutions, and community it traces its subsequent destabilization and placesparticular importance on the resurgence of capitalism in shaping a new social order. This important new study of the social structure of western Europe will be essential reading for all students of comparative sociology and European sociology.
Colin Crouch is Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute, Florence. He is the author or editor of numerous publications including Reinventing Collective Action (edited with David Marquand), Political Economy of Modern Capitalism: Mapping Convergence and Diversity (edited with W. Streeck), and Industrial Relations an...
Title:Social Change in Western EuropeFormat:PaperbackPublished:October 14, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198780680

ISBN - 13:9780198780687


Table of Contents

IntroductionPrologue: The End of the European Millennium1. The Making of Contemporary EuropePart I: The Fate of Industrialism: Industrializing, Industrial or Post-Industrial Societies?2. Work, Households and Occupations3. The Organization of Working Life: Between Stability and Flexibility4. The Sectors of EmploymentPart II: Changes and Diversity in the Character of Capitalism5. Capitalism and Inequality in Work6. The Institutions of Modern CapitalismPart III: Sociological Liberalism and the Institutions of Traditional Community7. The Family8. Families, Education, and Social Mobility9. The Paradox of Religion10. Nations, Cultures and EthnicitiesPart IV: Citizenship11. Democracy and Mass Participation12. The Organization of Social Interests13. Mass Citizenship and Welfare StatesConclusions14. Is There a Western European Society?15. What Type of Society are We Now Inhabiting?

Editorial Reviews

'The clearly structured presentation is founded on a broad empirical base. ... It also includes references to the major theories. The author is successful in pointing out the fundamental structures of European changes since the middle of the past century and examines the relevant concepts in athoughtful way. The wealth of information and the style of writing make the work an ideal study book.' European Journal of Social Work