Transborders. Migration and Social Theory
Title: Transborders. Migration and Social Theory
Citation: Special issue of European Journal of Social Theory, 2010, 13, 3, 299-419
Whether or not it is possible to define our age as ‘the age of migration’ as Castles and Miller (2003) pointed out, it is a matter of fact that mobilities posit fundamental challenges to our age. Increasing mobility, transnational connections, the dynamics of displacement, the circulation of cultural traits, commodities, goods and services in ‘postcolonial’ and ‘post-national constellations’ (Habermas) pervade most aspects of contemporary societies. These processes have significantly altered the various articulations of the global, the national and the local spheres and urged for a critical scrutiny of accustomed notions such as freedom, democracy, justice and their respective social and political locations. In this context, three major and interconnected fields of - theoretical and empirical - engagement can be evidenced: First, there is an increasing interest in transnational mobility. Second, the (questioning of) borders became a significant issue and third, questions of social membership, political citizenship and (distributive) justice have enriched the theoretical debate in both social theory and political philosophy. Contributors to this special issue (Etienne Balibar, Martina Cvajner and Giuseppe Sciortino, Nicholas De Genova, Nancy Fraser, Heidrun Friese and Sandro Mezzadra, Nikos Papastergiadis, Vassilis Tsianos and Serhat Karakayali) engage these aspects in a fertile, transdisciplinary vision.
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