The making of European society: contesting methodological nationalism

Delanty, Gerard (2015) The making of European society: contesting methodological nationalism. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 29 (1). pp. 3-15. ISSN 1351-1610

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The paper is concerned with the problem of ‘society’ and in particular with the notion of ‘European society.’ Rather than reject the possibility of society, it draws on theories of the social as networks. The thesis proposed is that the concept of society should rather be understood as a relational field of interconnections. It is argued that this is highly relevant to the analysis of Europe conceived of in terms of a society. This approach can be seen as an alternative to methodological nationalism. The paper applies a network conception of society to Europe with the emphasis on the on the nineteenth century. In this account, European society is not something that was produced by European integration. Rather than see European society as a recent development, it is argued that the field of tensions between capitalism and democracy constituted the major elements that shaped a European model of society.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: capitalism, democracy, European integration, European society, networks, the social
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Gerard Delanty
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 13:48
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 19:53

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