There is enormous change in the world's sociology including the U.S. and Europe's sociology. It is not easy to understand and analyze this change as we are still in the middle of change. Change is in process and it is yet to complete itself. Therefore it is important to be cautious against all analyses until this change is complete. This includes this article too.
The first change that alarmed the whole world was probably the Brexit, when the U.K. decided to leave the European Union. Everyone thinks that this decision will trigger the EU's collapse. They are not wrong.
There is deep disturbance unsettling Europe, but what is it?
How true is the discourse that Europe's rightist and racist attitude has been effective on the Brexit? This is what it seems like, but would the Brits make a similar decision because of the Polish workers in their country? This could be debated. Deep down there are other waves and these waves are triggering the radical changes in sociology. But it is not possible to explain this perfectly as yet.
Europe's racist and Islamophobic attitude has seriously affected the whole of Europe, especially the U.K., Germany and France – the EU's locomotive countries. This unsettlement starts from Europe and moves up to north European countries.
The claim the refugees, Daesh (supposedly all Muslims are in this group) and the deteriorating economy are primary reasons behind this disturbance. If we think that these reasons were not around six years ago, it is hard to say that such a radical change in sociology in such a short time is not possible. Therefore we should think more deeply and look for more multipliers when making analyses.
Let us not forget that it is not really possible to make sound and in-depth analyses in an environment in which current policies, developments, incidents, wars and terror expand so unexpectedly and rapidly. Hence, we connect this unsettlement to the wave of refugees that suddenly hit Europe.
Is the wave that hit Europe same as the one that hit the US?
While we discuss this radical sociology change in Europe, Trump being elected president in the U.S., made all the arguments nonsense, yet at least they are discussed once again. This is due to the fact that the U.S. did not experience waves of migration as big as Europe. Yes, Trump used Syria and Mexican immigrants in his election campaign and he used hate speech against them. Yet, this alone does not explain the change.
How can a society that chose its first black president eight years ago, choose the exact opposite eight years later? And this happened despite the media, capital and settled powers. The situation is not so simple.
The wave that shook Europe was so powerful that it effected the U.S. too. Therefore, we should look for reasons other than refugees, terrorism and economic regress.
Western civilization is going through a very serious phase
We are sure that the reasons that effected Europe are the same as those that effected the U.S. Hence, we can probably say that Western civilization is going through a serious phase in which there is a stir in modernism, liberalism, globalism, capitalism and individualism. This means that there is a deeper problem.
We all know that there would be no such radical changes in sociology in such a short time. Then we should ask, “When was the first movement that triggered this quake observed in the fault lines?” We need to carry out further scientific and field research on this and think properly before making assumptions.
It is clear that this big change in sociology will not stop any time soon. Shortly we will start to see the racist Marine Le Pen as president, and the Alternative Party for Germany (AfD) as the ruling party. Europe will enter 2017 with many issues.
How will this big change affect the world? This is probably one of the most important questions on our minds. Should we be afraid of this change? Will these countries, which have nuclear weapons and great armies, cause problems for us too? Why shouldn't they?
We are overwhelmed with many questions and issues, but these questions are not very easy to answer. The world has lost its balance, this is certain. And sociology is changing radically. But where is it headed to? We have no idea.
We need to put aside our emotions, heroism and traditional discourses to make sound analyses.
I wonder when our intellectuals will step forward?