European multiple modernity as an interzivilisational constellation - The transformation of Europe through European integration and enlargement in a globalizing world

European multiple modernity as an interzivilisational constellation - The transformation of Europe through European integration and enlargement in a globalizing world
Spohn, W. (2010) 
Berliner Journal für Soziologie20(1) pp. 5-22.​

Authors
Spohn, Willfried
Issue Date
2010
Type
Journal Article
Abstract
In interdisciplinary and sociological research on Europe, Euro-centric modernization premises are still dominant, i.e, the explanation of the European multi-level regime on the basis of transnational spill-over mechanisms originating from modernizing national societies in Europe. In contrast, this article will outline an inter-civilizational multiple modernities approach to Europe, based on the work of Shmuel Eisenstadt. Such an approach needs to focus on: 1. the multiplicity of modernization trajectories and modernities, particularly in view of the transformation processes in postcommunist Central and Eastern Europe; 2. the international and inter-civilizational relations and encounters between European and non-European civilizational complexes; and 3. the global role of Europe and the global impact on Europe in a globalizing world. Only in considering such an inter-civilizational and global context is it possible to adequately conceptualize, analyze and explain the dynamics of the European integration and enlargement process.
Publisher
Vs Verlag Sozialwissenschaften-gwv Fachverlage Gmbh
Journal
Berliner Journal für Soziologie 
ISSN
0863-1808
Publication of Göttingen University
Yes
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