An examination of the social and territorial divisions within Europe that uses a global perspective to argue that social and territorial divisions are inextricably linked, and that only a detailed examination of economic, political and geographical differences can lead to a clearer understanding of the social tensions and inequalities that exist within Europe. The contributors show how contested social models of welfare respond to both global pressures and the attempts to harmonize European social provision. The essays provide a detailed examination of economic, political and geographical differences, and explore the social dimensions of disadvantage and inequality. Topics covered include: gendered and regional changes in employment; social integration and citizenship issues arising from migration and racial differences; welfare state responses to the needs of growing numbers of older people; and the existence of social exclusion in Europe's complex and changing boundary regions.
`Following an excellent editorial introduction, the book is divided into four principle sections, successively examining the economic, political, spatial and social dimensions to this new geographical mediation of Europe. Issues addressed include uneven development, nationalism, gender, ethnicity, racialisation and citizenship and demography. The content is aimed primarily at an undergraduate readership and within certain constraints, includes a good range of accessible material written by acknowledged experts in their fields.' - Geography
`The book does cover a wide range of contempororary European geographical debates and it contains plenty of interesting arguments and original facts and figures that are inspiring for anyone dealing with the issue.' - European Planning Studies
`This book is a welcome addition to the academic debate on Europe. Rather than discussing Europe in terms of integration and harmonization, this volume in concerned with the causes and consequences of present divisions. It is organized into four main sections - economic, political, spacial and social- which gives a variety of perspectives on the theme in question' - Regional and Federal Studies