Boundaries of European Social Citizenship: EU Citizens’ Transnational Social Security in Regulations, Discourses and Experiences, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Boundaries of European Social Citizenship

EU Citizens’ Transnational Social Security in Regulations, Discourses and Experiences, 1st Edition

Edited by Anna Amelina, Emma Carmel, Ann Runfors, Elisabeth Scheibelhofer


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This edited collection contributes to studies of intra-EU migration and mobility, welfare and European social citizenship by focusing on transnational labour movements from new to the old EU member states (Hungary-Austria, Bulgaria-Germany, Poland-UK and Estonia-Sweden).

The volume provides a comparative analysis of formal organization and mobile individuals’ use of European social security coordination, which involves mobile Europeans access to and portability of social security rights from the sending to the receiving country (and back). The book discloses the selectivity criteria of welfare provision in four areas (unemployment, family benefits, health insurance and pensions) that lay at heart of European cross-border social security governance. It also identifies specific discourses of belonging (gendered, ethnicized/racialized and class-related images of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’) that frame the institutional selectivity by constructing images of mobile EU-citizens ‘deserving’ or ‘non-deserving’ social membership.

The collection offers a detailed examination of inequality experiences mobile EU citizens from the new EU countries encounter while accessing and porting social security rights across borders. It will be of interest to a wide range of social science and interdisciplinary researchers, students and practitioners as well as those interested in intra-EU migration and mobility, social security, European social citizenship and transnational studies.

Table of Contents

1. European Welfare Between Complex Regulatory Frameworks and Mobile Europeans’ Experiences of Social (In)Security

Anna Amelina (University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg)

2. Theorizing European Social Citizenship: Governance, Discourses, and Experiences of Transnational Social Security

Anna Amelina (University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg)

3. Beyond the Rights-Bearing EU Mobile Citizen: Governing Inequality and Privilege in European Union Social Security

Emma Carmel (University of Bath), Bożena Sojka (University of Wolverhampton), Kinga Papież (University of Oxford)

4. Discourses of Belonging in the Context of EU Enlargements: A Comparative Analysis of Policy Discourses Specifying EU Welfare Access

Ann Runfors and Florence Fröhlig (Södertörn University)

5. Navigating the Labyrinths of Transnational Social Security: Experiences and Meaning-Making Processes of EU Migrants When Accessing and Porting Social Rights

Elisabeth Scheibelhofer (University of Vienna), Nora Regös (German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer) and Clara Holzinger (University of Vienna)

6. When Vicinity Divides: Transnational Social Security in the Cross-Border region of Hungary and Austria

Nóra Regös (German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer), Clara Holzinger (University of Vienna) and Elisabeth Scheibelhofer (University of Vienna)

7. From Subordination to Empowerment? Mobile Europeans’ Access to and Portability of Social Security Rights Between Bulgaria and Germany

Jana Fingarova and Anna Amelina (University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg)

8. Inequalities, Insecurities, and Informalities: Making Sense of Migrants’ Experiences of Social Security Between Poland and the UK

Bożena Sojka (University of Wolverhampton), Kinga Papież (University of Oxford) and Emma Carmel (University of Bath)

9. Business Contract Meets Social Contract: Estonians in Sweden and Their Transnational Welfare Opportunities

Florence Fröhlig (Södertörn University), Maarja Saar (University of Bristol) and Ann Runfors (Södertörn University)

10. Labyrinths of European Social Citizenship: Variations in and Levels of Comparison

Anna Amelina (University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg) Emma Carmel (University of Bath), Ann Runfors (Södertörn University), and Elisabeth Scheibelhofer (University of Vienna)

About the Editors

Anna Amelina is a Professor for Intercultural Studies at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and UNESCO Chair for Heritage Studies. Her research areas are transnational migration studies, cultural sociology, gender and intersectionality, cross-border social inequalities and European studies. Her recent publication is Gender and Migration: Transnational and Intersectional Prospects (with Helma Lutz), Routledge (2019).

Elisabeth Scheibelhofer is an Associate Professor in Sociology at University of Vienna, working on migration and qualitative methods. Her recent publication is Shifting aspirations in migratory projects. Biographic reconstructions in the context of a multi-scaled second modernity, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (2018).

Ann Runfors is an ethnologist and holds a position as Associate Professor at the School of Historical and Contemporary Studies at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. Her fields of research are migration, education, welfare, transnationalism, youth and ethnographic approaches. Her recent publication is Welfare negotiations Among Estonians working in Sweden. Experiences, Barriers and Narrated coping strategies (2018).

Emma Carmel investigates how social and political order is imagined, produced and contested in a range of empirical contexts. Her recent empirical work has been on EU and UK migration governance, and her latest book is Governance Analysis. Critical enquiry at the intersection of politics, policy and society (Edward Elgar, 2019).

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General