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MD11: Author-Meets-Critics: Refugees, Civil Society and the State - by Ludger Pries
Thursday, 22/Aug/2019:
12:45pm - 1:45pm

Session Chair: Lena Margareta Näre, University of Helsinki
Location: BS.G.35
Manchester Metropolitan University Building: Business School, Ground Floor Oxford Road

Session Abstract

Refugees, Civil Society and the State. European Experiences and Global Challenges

by Ludger Pries (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar)

In 2015 one and a half million forced migrants entered the European Union. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers, groups and organisations offered food or shelter. There also rose xenophobic protest, and EU-member states reacted between hostility and “we will make it”. Based on primary and secondary data analysis this book provides a social science insight into the dynamics of the so called refugee crisis, the origin of refugees and the responses of civil society. It characterises the politics of member states’ governments as organised non-responsibility and analyses the long term challenges of European refugee protection.


Ludger Pries, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany


Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries is Chair of Sociology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. His fields of expertise are Sociology of Work, Organizations and Migration in a comparative perspective, transnationalism and globalisation research. He has published 10 monographs and more than 70 articles in scientific journals. His latest book from 2019 is an edited collection with Margit Feischmidt and Celine Cantat entitled Refugee Protection and Civil Society in Europe (Houndmills: Palgrave). He is the author of Refugees, Civil Society and the State. European Experiences and Global Challenges from 2018 (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).

Discussed by:

Lena Näre, University of Helsinki, Finland


Lena Näre is Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Helsinki, Finland. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Nordic Journal of Migration Research and Vice-President of the European Sociological Association (2017-2019). Her research focuses on migration, asylum seekers, families, transnationalism, gender, work, ageing and care. She is currently leading a four-year Kone Foundation funded research project on asylum seekers’ political activism and struggles for home and belonging. Her work has been published in Identities, Men and Masculinities, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She is the co-editor with Katie Walsh of Transnational Migration and Home in Older Age (Routledge: London).

Monica Massari, University of Milan, Italy


Monica Massari is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of International Relations of the University of Milan, after several years spent at the University of Naples. Her main research interests are related to the relationships between globalization and violence, including complex forms of crime and illegal markets, migration studies, especially from a gender perspective, and new forms of racism and discrimination in Europe. During the past ten years, her research activities have been focussing on irregular migration across the Mediterranean, migrants’ self-narrations and traumatic memories of desert and sea crossings through the use of biographical methods. She has recently co-edited the book Mafia Violence. Political, Symbolic, and Economic Forms of Violence in Camorra Clans (with Vittorio Martone, Routledge 2019), the special issue on “Biography and Society” of Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia (with Roswitha Breckner, 1/2019) and the special issue on “Emancipatory Social Science Today” of Quaderni di Teoria Sociale (with Vincenza Pellegrino, 1/2019). Her latest book is Il corpo degli altri. Migrazioni, memorie, identità (Orthotes, 2017). She is in her second mandate as member of the ESA Executive Committee.

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