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Nostalgia and Hope: Intersections between Politics of Culture, Welfare, and Migration in Europe

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  • This open access book focuses on the discursive conceptualization of migration in contemporary European politics
  • Shows how the master frames of nostalgia and hope underpin different conceptualizations of migration, national identity and welfare
  • Discusses examples of right-wing populist mobilization and emancipatory initiatives in and outside party politics
  • Shows how gender is used in the master frames of nostalgia and hope

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Epilogue


About this book

This open access book shows how the politics of migration affect community building in the 21st century, drawing on both retrogressive and progressive forms of mobilization. It elaborates theoretically and shows empirically how the two master frames of nostalgia and hope are used in local, national and transnational settings, in and outside conventional forms of doing politics. It expands on polarized societal processes and external events relevant for the transformation of European welfare systems and the reproduction of national identities today. It evidences the importance of gender in the narrative use of the master frames of nostalgia and hope, either as an ideological tool for right-wing populist and extreme right retrogressive mobilization or as an essential element of progressive intersectional politics of hope. It uses both comparative and single case studies to address different perspectives, and by means of various methodological approaches, the manner in which the master frames of nostalgia and hope are articulated in the politics of culture, welfare, and migration. The book is organized around three thematic sections whereby the first section deals with right-wing populist party politics across Europe, the second section deals with an articulation of politics beyond party politics by means of retrogressive mobilization, and the third and last section deals with emancipatory initiatives beyond party politics as well.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institut de Sociologie Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

    Ov Cristian Norocel

  • Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

    Ov Cristian Norocel

  • Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden

    Anders Hellström

  • Department of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

    Martin Bak Jørgensen

About the editors

Ov Cristian NOROCEL (Lund University, Sweden & Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) (Dr.Soc.Sci. Political Science) is Associate Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender Studies (Sweden), and previously Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the Institute of Sociology (Belgium). His research is centered in the fields of intersectional analyses of political radicalism and extremism, and nationalism and citizenship issues across Europe. He has published in such international journals as Critical Social Policy, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, International Journal of Communication, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Studies, NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, and Problems of Post-Communism.

Anders HELLSTRÖM (Malmö University, Sweden) (Ph.D. Political Science) is Senior Lecturer in the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM). Research interests: identity politics, European integration, discourse theory, political philosophy, populism, nationalism, European nationalism, national self-images, politics of multi-culturalism, border-making processes. He is currently involved in the research project: Struggles of the people: neo-nationalism in Scandinavia.

Martin BAK JØRGENSEN (Aalborg University, Denmark) (Ph.D. Migration Studies) is Associate Professor affiliated with the research group DEMOS, Democracy, Migration and Movements. His research encompasses the fields of sociology, political sociology, and political science. Topics of focus include welfare, discrimination and inequality, migration, social movements, and new mobilizations against fiscal austerity across Scandinavia as well as in Germany and Spain. His most recent publication is co-written with Ó.G. AGUSTÍN: Solidarity and the ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Europe (2019, Palgrave McMillan).


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Nostalgia and Hope: Intersections between Politics of Culture, Welfare, and Migration in Europe

  • Editors: Ov Cristian Norocel, Anders Hellström, Martin Bak Jørgensen

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-41693-5Published: 03 June 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-41696-6Published: 18 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-41694-2Published: 02 June 2020

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 235

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Migration, Political Science

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