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A new society in the making : European integration and European social groups

Eine neue Gesellschaft entsteht : europäische Integration und europäische soziale Gruppen
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Díez Medrano, Juan

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Corporate Editor Freie Universität Berlin, FB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft Kolleg-Forschergruppe "The Transformative Power of Europe"
Abstract This paper connects with a recent and growing interest in the study of the societal impact of European integration and in the distinction of globalization and European integration effects. The paper uses the Eurobarometer study 67.1 to examine two related issues: 1) the segmentation of national social groups into “national” and “European” segments and 2) the contribution of the European integration process to this segmentation. Through statistical analysis, I argue that there is some segmentation of national social groups and that this segmentation is more advanced at the level of consumer practices than at the level of identification and political attitudes and values. I also contradict prevailing beliefs in showing that although European integration underlies changes in the Europeanization of personal networks in general, its impact may have been greater, or at least as great, on the lower classes than on the middle classes. I propose that the main mediating mechanism for this effect is the cheapening of opportunities for travel in Europe.
Keywords EU; European integration; european identity; group; social network; Europeanization; globalization; social class; social status
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords personal networks
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
City Berlin
Page/Pages 32 p.
Series KFG Working Paper Series, 12
ISSN 1868-7601
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications