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RN15_09: Everyday Europe: Evaluating recent research on social transnationalism and horizontal europeanisation
11:00am - 12:30pm
Session Chair: Adrian Charles Favell, University of Leeds
Location:BS.4.04A Manchester Metropolitan University
Building: Business School, Fourth Floor, North Atrium
Social mobility and cross-border spatial mobility in Western Europe
Irina Ciornei1, Roxana Barbulescu2, Albert Varela3
1University of Bern; 2University of Leeds; 3University of Leeds
Mobility studies argue that physical movement, within or across borders, constitutes a form of capital that can be ‘cashed in’ on higher social status alongside education, cultural transmission or social capital. Yet, how the type and timing of mobility affect life chances and status attainment remains insufficiently specified. In this paper we consider the broad spectrum of cross border spatial mobility, that ranges from weekend trips to long-term settlement in other countries. The analysis inquires the extent to which socialisation into mobility, that is, cross-border journeys during childhood and adolescence, impacts on future prospects of status attainment and emancipation from origin class. Preliminary results show that socialisation into mobility positively influences the status attainment of the lower educated, even more so than in the case of individuals with tertiary education. A tentative mechanism to be explored is the extent to which hyper mobile childhoods of the low-educated provide ’soft knowledge’ that could compensate the lack of ‘hard knowledge’ acquired through education. In order to empirically test our hypotheses, we use the EUCROSS survey data collected across six European countries.
Everyday Europe: Evaluating Recent Research On Social Transnationalism And Horizontal Europeanisation
University of Göttingen, Germany
This presentation will work as a general discussion of the other papers presented in the panel by Ettore Recchi, Juan Diez Medrano and Irina Ciornei. The panel will be chaired by Adrian Favell. It will assess specifically the contribution of the recent published, collectively authored work, Everyday Europe: Social Transnationalism in an Unsettled Continent, Ettore Recchi, Adrian Favell et al (Policy / University of Chicago Press, 2019), to the now well developed field of research on ‘bottom up’ social transnationalism and/or horizontal Europeanisation, as a dimension of more general globalisation. This field has been notably led by research based in Germany by sociologists such as Steffen Mau, Jan Delhey and Jürgen Gerhards. What insights does this research give to the political crisis in Europe, in particular the disjunct between the apparently dense evidence of highly Europeanised societal integration and the EU’s ongoing political failures with building European ‘identity’ and legitimation.