European Social Problems is the first book to examine social issues in Europe from the perspective of the social sciences. It considers many of these social problems following the UK’s ‘leave’ vote. Key topics examined here include:

  • immigration;
  • multiculturalism and religion;
  • health;
  • inequalities;
  • education;
  • riots and protest;
  • drugs and crime;
  • sexuality.

These core issues run as a thread through Europe and are experienced by Europeans themselves as social problems. As such, this text facilitates students’ direct engagement with some of the problematic constituents in their own lives. This text is suitable for those studying social policy, sociology, politics, international relations, criminology and education studies. In this way it functions as an accessible ‘reader’ for final year undergraduates as well as postgraduate students.

chapter 1|11 pages


What are European social problems?
ByStuart Isaacs

part 1|55 pages

Immigration and multiculturalism

chapter 2|18 pages

Constructions of the ‘migration crisis’ in Europe

ByNorman Ginsburg

chapter 3|18 pages

Migration and integration

ByMatt Scott

chapter 4|17 pages

Religion and multiculturalism

ByJeffrey Haynes

part 2|59 pages


chapter 5|24 pages

Inequalities in European cities

ByJane Lewis

chapter 6|17 pages

Precarious work and unemployment in Europe

ByBrian McDonough

chapter 7|16 pages


ByJennifer Newton

part 3|56 pages


chapter 8|18 pages

European ideals, schooling and modern childhood

ByDavid Blundell, Sandra Abegglen

chapter 9|17 pages

The digital divide

Neoliberal imperatives and education
ByJessie Bustillos

chapter 10|19 pages


‘European values’, rites of passage and scripting the curriculum
ByDavid Blundell, Peter Cunningham

part 4|52 pages

Social controversies

chapter 11|15 pages

Riots and protest in Europe

ByWendy Fitzgibbon

chapter 12|18 pages

Illegal drugs as a social problem

ByJames Morgan, Daniel Silverstone

chapter 13|17 pages

Homosexuality and homophobia in Europe

ByMaría E. López