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European Somalis' Post-Migration Movements

Mobility Capital and the Transnationalisation of Resources

Authors: Moret, Joëlle

  • This open access book highlights the relevance of various types of cross-border movements in the post-migration lives of women and men of Somali originBrings together conceptual insights from the migration studies and the mobilities studies to understand migrants' biographiesContributes to an emerging field that aims to trans-nationalize theories of social inequalities

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About this book

Based on a qualitative study on migrants of Somali origin who have settled in Europe for at least a decade, this open access book offers a ground-breaking exploration of the idea of mobility, both empirically and theoretically. It draws a comprehensive typology of the varied “post-migration mobility practices” developed by these migrants from their country of residence after having settled there. It argues that cross-border mobility may, under certain conditions, become a form of capital that can be employed to pursue advantages in transnational social fields. Anchored in rich empirical data, the book constitutes an innovative and successful attempt at theoretically linking the emerging field of “mobilities studies” with studies of migration, transnationalism and integration. It emphasises how the ability to be mobile may become a significant marker of social differentiation, alongside other social hierarchies. The “mobility capital” accumulated by some migrants is the cornerstone of strategies intended to negotiate inconsistent social positions in transnational social fields, challenging sedentarist and state-centred visions of social inequality. The migrants in the study are able to diversify the geographic and social fields in which they accumulate and circulate resources, and to benefit from this circulation by reinvesting them where they can best be valorised.The study sheds a different light on migrants who are often considered passive or problematic migrants/refugees in Europe, and demonstrates that mobility capital is not the prerogative of highly qualified elites: less privileged migrants also circulate in a globalised world, benefiting from being embedded in transnational social fields and from mobility practices over which they have gained some control.

About the authors

Joëlle Moret is currently a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Laboratory of Transnational Studies and Social Processes, at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Her teaching focuses on culture and ethnicity, migration studies, and transnationalism. Her current research interest is on cross-border marriages in Switzerland, Turkey, Kosovo and Sri Lanka, using a multi-sited methodology. She has worked and published on migration trajectories, mobility, transnational practices, gender, boundary-making and ethnicity. Previous employments include research at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (University of Neuchâtel) and teaching at the University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland. In 2012 and 2013, she was a visiting doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, in Göttingen (Germany).

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Moret, Joëlle

    Pages 1-50

  • Typologising Cross-Border Movements in Post-Migration Life

    Moret, Joëlle

    Pages 51-97

  • Mobility: A Practice or a Capital?

    Moret, Joëlle

    Pages 99-138

  • Transnationalising Resources: Three Biographies

    Moret, Joëlle

    Pages 139-188

  • Conclusion

    Moret, Joëlle

    Pages 189-213

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95660-2
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-95659-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
European Somalis' Post-Migration Movements
Book Subtitle
Mobility Capital and the Transnationalisation of Resources
Authors
Series Title
IMISCOE Research Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95660-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95660-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95659-6
Series ISSN
2364-4087
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 213
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
Topics