9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN29 Social Theory

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 European Society or European Societies? I Building AA, AA.326

Europe as a part of a world society

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.