Migration and (Im)Mobility

Biographical Experiences of Polish Migrants in Germany and Canada

In her endeavour to overcome the established methodological, conceptual, and empirical dualism of mobility and migration, Anna Xymena Wieczorek develops a "mobilities perspective" by combining migration studies theories with approaches of the mobility studies. With the help of rich empirical data gathered among young adults of Polish heritage in Germany and Canada, Wieczorek conceptualizes three patterns of (im)mobility which illustrate the diversity of immigrants' geographical movements after their initial migration. She thus reveals the different social configurations promoting or hindering the development, maintenance or shifting of each pattern in migrants' biographical trajectories.

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15 February 2018, 322 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4251-3

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Anna Xymena Wieczorek

Anna Xymena Wieczorek, IRTG Diversity, Germany

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1. Why a book on this subject?

The book questions the sedentariness of migration; which assumes that migrants remain sedentary in the country of arrival after initial migration. By developing three patterns of (im)mobility, it shows that this is not always the case. Based on the multi-sited research case of young Poles living in Germany and Canada, the book reveals the various configurations of post-migration mobilities, their contextual country-specific differences and their shiftings in individual trajectories.

2. What relevance does this subject have in the current research debates?

Research on the geographical movements of humans is currently reflected in the field of migration studies and the growing field of mobility studies. While both agendas overlap, they represent separate scholarly traditions. The book brings the two research fields theoretically and empirically together, indicating a first step to bridge the gap in the literature in both migration and mobility studies about how geographical (im)mobility is constructed within migration phenomena.

3. What new perspectives does your book open up?

The book opens up – what I call – the ›mobilities perspective‹ on migration, which promotes a processual, relational and constructivist understanding. It deconstructs the linear and binary logics on which many migration conceptualizations are built and which have become highly politicized. As an integrative perspective, the ›mobilities perspective‹ is, so I believe, indispensable for a fruitful study of migration and mobility phenomena and for creating a dialogue between the two scholarly fields.

4. Who would you preferably like to discuss your book with?

I would like to bring together migration- and transnational scholars with mobility studies scholars in order to discuss further ways of cross-fertilization between these research fields.

5. Your book in only one sentence:

A new reading of contemporary migration and mobility, which probes the biographical experiences of my respondents with established migration studies theories.

Book title
Migration and (Im)Mobility Biographical Experiences of Polish Migrants in Germany and Canada
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 1 SW-Abbildung, 3 Farbabbildungen
Commodity Group
SOC007000 SOC022000 SOC026000
Release date
15 February 2018
Globalisierung, Soziale Ungleichheit, Migration
Sociology, Migration Studies, Mobility Studies, Transnational Studies, Human Geography
Migration, (Im)Mobility, Polish Migrants, Germany, Canada, Social Inequality, Globalization, Interculturalism, Lifestyle, Sociology

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