An Anthology of Migration and Social Transformation

European Perspectives

  • Anna Amelina
  • Kenneth Horvath
  • Bruno Meeus

Part of the IMISCOE Research Series book series (IMIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Theorizing About Migration and Social Transformation in Europe

  3. Transformations in the Political Regulation of Migration

  4. Complexities of Mobilities: From One-Way Migration to Multiple Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-185
    2. Laura Wiesböck, Christoph Reinprecht, Raimund Haindorfer, Roland Verwiebe
      Pages 187-200
    3. Elaine Moriarty, James Wickham, Alicja Bobek, Sally Daly
      Pages 201-215
  5. Shifting Politics of Belonging

  6. Outlook for Researching Migration and Social Transformation Beyond Eurocentrism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-341
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 357-361

About this book


The contributions of this book examine contemporary dynamics of migration and mobility in the context of the general societal transformations that have taken place in Europe over the past few decades. The book will help readers to better understand the manifold ways in which migration trends in the region are linked to changing political-economic constellations, orders of power and inequality, and political discourses. It begins with an introduction to a number of theoretical approaches that address the nexus between migration and general societal shifts, including processes of supranationalisation, EU enlargement, postsocialist transformations and rescaling. It then provides a comprehensive overview of the political regulation of migration through border control and immigration policies. The contributions that follow detail the dynamic changes of individual migration patterns and their implications for the agency of mobile individuals. The final part challenges the reader to consider how policies and practices of migration are linked to symbolic struggles over belonging and rights, describing a wide range of expressions of such conflicts, from cosmopolitanism to racism and xenophobia. 

“This collection provides an impressive and insightful account that cuts across the societal, regional and international levels to show how migration both shapes and is shaped by key social transformations in Europe.”
Andrew Geddes-Department of Politics, University of Sheffield

“This is a much needed handbook that ties the booming research on migration in Europe to wider issues of societal transformation. It is a truly needed contribution to our effort of disentangling complex phenomena such as European integration, globalisation, migration and mobility.”

Anna Triandafyllidou-Robert Schuman Chair, European University Institute, Florence


Cosmopolitanism, racism xenophobia Migration, mobility and social transformation in Europe Political regulation of migration Supranationalisation Biopolitical Migration

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Amelina
    • 1
  • Kenneth Horvath
    • 2
  • Bruno Meeus
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesGoethe-University FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.University of Education of KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.Cosmopolis Centre for Urban ResearchVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-23665-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-23666-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-4087
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-4095
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