Europe as a part of a world society
Institute for Social Sciences Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg(Oldb), Germany
The talk discusses different understandings of Europe. Does the European society represent a specific type? Or do different types of society exist within the framework of Europe? Or is it appropriate to grasp Europe as a part of a world society, the political domain of which are structured in a quasi-segmentary way. These questions will be discussed from a theory-of-society-perspective, which combines the analysis of the borders of the social world (Luckmann, Plessner) with the theory of functional differentiation offered by Niklas Luhmann.