Conclusion: European Integration and the Elusive European Dream

  • Stefan Immerfall
  • Göran Therborn


Sociologists have long pondered the emergence of a European society, overriding if not replacing a Europe of kindred and related national societies. This handbook adds a great amount of knowledge to the issue, while providing well-grounded arguments for further debate. The European Union partly based on and following historical patterns has greatly facilitated growing interdependencies and interactions between Europeans and European societies. Yet social integration does not simply follow structural integration. From the history of European nation-building we know that it is not necessarily just a question of time and time lag. This divergence subverts institution building efforts at the European level.


European Society Welfare State European Integration Family Patter Economic Liberalization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Humanities DepartmentUniversity of Education at Schwäbisch GmündSchwäbisch GmündGermany
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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