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Recent books from projects

Welfare State Reform in Southern Europe. Fighting Poverty and Social Exclusion in Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal,
edited by Maurizio Ferrera, London, Routledge

Findings from the project 'Fighting poverty and social exclusion in Southern Europe' funded by the FP5 Key Action 'Improving the socio-economic knowledge base'.

The book analyses policies against poverty and social exclusion in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece in the wider framework of welfare state modernisation in these countries. The specific focus is on innovations, experiments and debates relating to the guarantee of a minimum income to individuals and households lacking sufficient resources. The chapters include discussions on the historical development of the welfare state, trends in poverty and policies to fight against it.

Women, Integration and Prison,
edited by Marta Cruelslls & Noelia Igareda, SURT Association, Aurea Editores, Barcelona, 2005

Findings from the project 'Women, Integration and Prison. An analysis of the processes of socio-labour integration of women in prison in Europe', funded by the FP5 Key Action 'Improving the socio-economic knowledge base'.

Integrated policies on gender relations, ageing and migration in Europe, Lessons from the network for Integrated European Population Studies
(NIEPS), Dragana Avramov and Robert Cliquet, CBGS Publicatie, 2005, 1, Antwerpen, 2005

Findings of the NIEP thematic network, funded by the FP5 Key Action 'Improving the socio-economic knowledge base'.

The book addresses major societal trends associated with changes in gender relations, family-building and patterns of work, ageing, and integration of migrants, which mark Europe at the turn of the 21st century.

Work Changes Gender. Men and Equality in the Transition of Labour Forms,
Ralf Puchert, Marc Gärtner, Stephan Höyng (eds.), 204 pp. Paperback: €19.90, ISBN 3-938094-13-3, Hardcover: €39.90, ISBN 3-938094-14-1, Leverkusen- Opladen (Germany): Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2005

Findings from the project 'Work Changes Gender', funded by the FP5 Key Action 'Improving the socio-economic knowledge base'.

Changes in the work sphere and the 'vanishing' of standard work may lead to the end of the old breadwinner type of masculinity. But when 'new men' try to balance work and life or caring activities, they face obstacles - i.e. in organisations or on playgrounds.

The research project Work Changes Gender, coordinated by Berlin institute Dissens e.V., examined ongoing shifts in male working environments in Europe, their interrelations with changing male self-assessment and evolving opportunities for gender equality. The studies on these issues conducted in five European countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Norway and Spain) and Israel demonstrate the fact that masculinity is distinguished by differentiation and differing requirements. But a culture of work based on traditional models of masculinity and a policy of inadequate tax laws and paternal leave regulations still promote the breadwinner model and prevent gender equality. The field of gender policy still seems to be basically restricted to women.

Authors:
Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Paco Abril, Margarita Atanassova, Marc Gärtner, Sigtona Halrynjo, Øystein Gullvåg Holter, Stephan Höyng, Margareta Kreimer, Selma Therese Lyng, Shoshana, Neumann, Ralf Puchert, Xavier Ramos, Vera Riesenfeld, Christian and Elli Scambor, Klaus Schwerma, Jacques Silber and Violeta Velkova. Order: info@budrich-verlag.de

La technologie, un jeu de société. Au-delà du déterminisme technologique et du constructivisme social,
Gérard Valenduc, éditions Academia Bruylant, collection « Sciences et enjeux », Namur, 2005

Reflections based on the research work of several projects, including the project 'Flexible Work Practices and Communication Technology' (Flexcot) funded by the FP5 Key Action 'Improving the socio-economic knowledge base'.

To what extent can technology model society? To what extent can society model technology? This double question summarises a discussion that divides the philosophers and sociologists of science and technology. It contrasts technological determinism and social constructivism. This work proposes an assessment of these theories and suggests an alternative to this dilemma.

Further information on these projects can be found at the projects' database: http://improving-ser.jrc.it/default/