Toward a Reflexive Political Sociology of the European Union

Fields, Intellectuals and Politicians

  • Niilo Kauppi

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. The Politics of Transnational Integration

  3. Reflexive Action and Knowledge Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Niilo Kauppi
      Pages 119-129
    3. Niilo Kauppi
      Pages 131-147
  4. Bourdieusian Meditations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Niilo Kauppi
      Pages 191-196
    3. Niilo Kauppi
      Pages 219-228
    4. Niilo Kauppi
      Pages 229-237
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 239-269

About this book


This book argues that contemporary European politics creates new forms of transnational power that challenges the traditional parameters of the nation-state. Kauppi identifies and critically explores the evolving dynamics existing between national and transnational spaces, groups and knowledge. Kauppi suggests that European public policies and transnational institutions like the European Parliament create new spaces, new types of knowledge and novel political practices.  

Toward a Reflexive Political Sociology of the European Union is structured around three parts. The first focuses on evolving transnational fields. The second explores the changing role of academics and universities. The third section engages with the works of Pierre Bourdieu on politics and the media. The issues discussed throughout the book revolve around the challenges to the nation-state and of knowledge production that is tied to it.

This book will be an invaluable resource to academics and researchers interested in European politics, European Union studies and political sociology.


Reflexive Political Sociology Action-Oriented Structural Constructivism and the European Union Social Action in European Politics Differentiation in European Politics Political Sociology and the European Union Nation-State and Contemporary European Politics Political Ontology of European Integration Pierre Bourdieu and European Politics Structural Constructivism and Media Studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Niilo Kauppi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Jyväskylä/Academy of Finland and French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)HelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71001-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71002-0
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