Volume 1 (1), July 2002

ISSN 1476-413X

Social Classes in Europe (pp. 5-39)

António Firmino da Costa

Rosário Mauritti

Susana da Cruz Martins

Fernando Luís Machado

João Ferreira de Almeida


For a European Strategy at the Turn of the Century (pp. 40-61)

Maria João Rodrigues


Household and Family in the Iberian Peninsula (pp. 62-75)

Robert Rowland


Book review:
Pinto, António Costa (ed.), Modern Portugal, Palo Alto, Ca.:SPOSS (1998), xiii + 312pp. Reviewed by Douglas L. Wheeler.


Social Classes in Europe


The current globalisation context brings new questions to class analysis. After a brief review of the theoretical stance and the operationalisation possibilities offered by today’s sociology of social classes and stratification, this article presents a comparative analysis in which a selected set of social recomposition indicators is applied to the European Union as a hole and to each one of its countries. One of main themes discussed throughout the article is the relative importance of national and global parameters in the structuration of class relations.


For a European Strategy at the turn of the Century


At the dawn of the twenty-first century, we must begin to think in the long term. With this endeavour, the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union initiated a special interaction between the scientific and the political agenda. The purpose of the introduction is to reveal how this cross-fertilization was developed - leading to a new European strategy that aims to create a knowledge economy that is more competitive and socially cohesive. The main political dilemmas, the main theoretical issues, the new proposals and, finally, the political outcomes will be presented, providing a preliminary framework for what follows.


Household and Family in the Iberian Peninsula


This paper examines the impact, in Portugal and Spain, of the studies on comparative household structure undertaken by the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure and its collaborators. It concludes that the underlying standard for comparison, proved inappropriate in an Iberian context and acted, indirectly, as a stimulus for the development of alternative approaches.