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What is European Society?

Neil Fligstein

in Euroclash

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199580859
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580859.003.0006
What is European Society?

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As a result of changes in European politics and the European economy, the likelihood of social interaction between people who live in different countries in Europe has expanded dramatically over the past twenty-five years. While business creates a large number of social fields in which people from different countries can interact, it is only one area in which the frequency of encounters between such people has changed. Documenting patterns of behaviour is difficult as it is hard to figure out how many such social fields exist, and harder to sample from them; it is even more challenging to study how these fields have changed over time. This chapter considers various ways in which to index the creation of European social fields.

Keywords: European Union; politics; economy; social interactions; society; migration; civic associations; higher education; language; popular culture

Chapter.  19001 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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