Sociological Perspectives on European Integration

Craig Parsons

in The Oxford Handbook of the European Union

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199546282
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Sociological Perspectives on European Integration

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This article reviews sociological perspectives on European integration. It begins by considering what we might call a ‘sociological approach’, and how the recent surge of work under that label (which is mostly from sociologists) carries its own understanding of European integration. The turn of sociologists towards the EU project has brought in a newly concrete, open-ended, and theoretically synthetic approach. Their project of charting the spatial and interpretative ‘fields’ of EU-related action has tremendous empirical promise, and their theoretical eclecticism should place them at the centre of scholarly debates.

Keywords: sociological perspective; EU studies; European integration

Article.  6157 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; European Union

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