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Breaking Open Black Boxes: The Implications for Sociological Theory of European Integration

Colin Crouch

in From the Nation State to Europe

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244034
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599897 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244030.003.0012
 Breaking Open Black Boxes: The Implications for Sociological Theory of European Integration

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Sociological analysis has not made a significant contribution to the study of European integration, compared to political science or economics. This chapter examines the reasons for the discipline's neglect of integration processes, which is attributable largely to its failure to question some of its own assumptions about units of analysis, particularly with respect to the emergence of a European class structure.

Keywords: class structure; EU; sociology

Chapter.  8506 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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