The revolutions in Eastern Europe and the redefinition of Europe: A new social contract?

Delanty, Gerard (1995) The revolutions in Eastern Europe and the redefinition of Europe: A new social contract? Contemporary Politics, 1 (1). pp. 74-91. ISSN 1356-9775

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Abstract

This paper is an exploration of the socio-cultural cohesion of Europe in the context of the end of the cold war. The eastern European revolutions of 1989/90 undermined the cold war consensus of east and west both in the global and in the European contexts. Since the Second World War western Europe had been shaped in the image of the United States just as eastern Europe was shaped in the image of the USSR, The question now is whether there is a new European cultural identity given the obsolescence of the old dichotomy. Is it really meaningful to speak of the socio-cultural cohesion of Europe at all in the sense of an underlying European political culture, which provides legitimating norms capable of embracing west and east, and which is not reducible to the ethos of capitalism? I should like to formulate this in terms of the possibility of European identity itself being a significant cultural identity sui generis. I am emphasizing, then, the eastern European revolutions as European revolutions and asking the question: exactly what was European about them?

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0701 Social systems
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0030 European Union. European Community. European communities
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 08:35
Last Modified: 29 May 2012 08:35
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39446
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