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Copertina Social Challenge for Europe

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collana "Società e politica nel mondo globale. Collana del Dipartimento di Scienze politiche e sociali dell'Università di Firenze"
pp. 248, Brossura, 978-88-15-28355-9
anno di pubblicazione 2020

LAURA LEONARDI, GEMMA SCALISE (a cura di)

Social Challenge for Europe

Addressing Failures and Perspectives of the European Project

The European project no longer seems to be able to guarantee and control the integration process or ensure the expansion of individual and collective life chances, either within or outside the European area. We are in the midst of a profound crisis, which is leading to the emergence of social and political divisions that challenge basic constitutional principles and values, endangering social cohesion and solidarity. This volume is intended to contribute to the scientific and public debate on the challenges Europe is facing, by focusing on four key dimensions: solidarity, identity, citizenship and democracy. Using a multidisciplinary approach, it highlights the contradictions inherent in the project taken forward so far, analysing the empirical phenomena that most seem to undermine the future of Europe: international migration, insecurity linked to the loss of social rights, the emergence of new forms of cultural belonging and identity, populism, new nationalisms and, at the same time, transnational social movements that are urgently calling democracy into question. The result is a rigorous diagnosis of the social change underway, which helps to understand the obstacles to the evolution of the European project and the scope for action to relaunch it on a new social basis.

Laura Leonardi is Professor of Sociology at the «Cesare Alfieri» School of Political Science in Florence. Since 2008 she has held a Jean Monnet Chair and since 2017 is Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Florence, and coordinator of the project «SharEU-Shared Values and Global Challenges: Toward a New Renaissance» 2016-2019. Gemma Scalise is Assistant Professor in Economic Sociology at the University of Bergamo. She was previously research fellow at the University of Florence and Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute. Her research interest focus on labour market inclusion and welfare regulation in Europe.

Introduction, by Laura Leonardi and Gemma Scalise
Part I: Solidarity, the refugee crisis and migration
I. Contesting European solidarity: The «refugee crisis» in the media, by Hans-Jörg Trenz
II. Solidarity towards refugees as a contested terrain, by Nicola Maggini
III. Solidarity’s place is in the constitution, by Veronica Federico
IV. The European Community and the first migration crisis in post-war Europe. A missed opportunity for a common approach to immigration? (1971-1979), by Simone Paoli
V. Asylum seekers and refugees in Italy: How to present a social threat as a scapegoat, by Stefano Becucci
Part II: Identity, religion and language
VI. Inequality and uncertainty: The roots of the European identity crisis, by Gemma Scalise
VII. Religion and the European public spheres, by Debora Spini
VIII. Plurilingualism and Europe’s future, by Jessica A. Thonn
IX. English: Both political choice and political act?, by Nicholas Brownlees and Francesca Ditifeci
Part III: Social citizenship and democracy in Europe
X. European citizenship in (times of) crisis? Social rights and austerity, by Costanza Margiotta
XI. Social citizenship and inequalities. Is there a future for a social Europe?, by Laura Leonardi
XII. Transnational mobilization around the European Constitution: The case of DiEM25, by Paul Blokker
XIII. Europe and emotions: Between love and hatred, fear and hope, by Alessandro Pratesi
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