European social development over the last century has been characterized by an increasing inclusiveness of people into the ever-larger collectives of the nation state, the European Union and categories of welfare entitlement. Yet recent empirical data suggests that income gaps are growing and that within the physical borders of Europe there is a greater cultural and ethnic heterogeneity than ever before. Effectively, many of the processes of inclusion are accompanied by exclusion and the creation of new borders, identities and rights.

Inclusions and Exclusions in European Societies features eminent contributors from across Europe addressing the problems of inclusion and exclusion as they affect European societies today. Amongst the topics addressed are:

  • to what extent classical theory provides useful ways of reframing European societies
  • which inequalities in work and welfare persist today and in what ways they have been transformed in processes of European integration
  • how considerations of new identities and the pressure of globalisation affect the forms of inclusion and exclusion in Europe.

This book constitutes a unique stock-taking of many of the central issues in European social integration or disintegration today.

chapter 1|18 pages

European societies


part |2 pages

PART I Framing inclusions and identities in Europe

chapter 3|21 pages

Recombinant citizenship

chapter 4|12 pages

The narration of difference: ‘cultural stuff’, ethnic projects and identities

‘Cultural stuff ’, ethnic projects and identities

chapter 5|16 pages

Becoming a person

New frontiers for identity and citizenship in a planetary society

part |2 pages

Part II Exclusions and inclusions in work and welfare

chapter 6|22 pages

The paradox of global social change and national path dependencies

Life course patterns in advanced societies

chapter 9|20 pages

Tackling inequality and exclusion

Towards a dimension of active citizenship participation

part |2 pages

PART III Inclusions and exclusions beyond the nation state: Europe and the world