Following the demise of the USSR in 1991, and the ensuing collapse of communist regimes in Eastern Europe, widespread population movements took place across Central and Eastern Europe. Whole nations disappeared and (re)-emerged and diasporic transnational ties and belonging have experienced a revival. This book explores some of the many different facets of diasporic life and migration across Central and Eastern Europe by specifically employing the concept of cosmopolitanism. It examines aspects of migrants’ everyday lives and identities, considers some of the difficulties faced by migrant minorities in being accepted and integrated in the host societies, but also examines questions of citizenship and diasporic politics.
Table of Contents
Introduction: East European Diasporas, Migration and Cosmopolitanism Part 1: The Past in the Present: Fostering Cosmopolitanism 1. Cosmopolitanism in Practice: Perspectives on the Nansen Passports 2. Between Long-Distance Nationalism and ‘Rooted’ Cosmopolitanism? Armenian-American Engagement with their Homeland Part 2: Making and Re-making Diasporas from Former Yugoslavia 3. Diaspora Impact on European Community Policy-Making: Ex-Yugoslavia as a Case Study 4. Diaspora, Cosmopolitanism and Post-Territorial Citizenship in Contemporary Croatia Part 3: Locating Diaspora in and Beyond Germany 5. Cosmopolitanism in Kazakhstan: Sociability, Memory and Diasporic Disorder 6. Migration Memoirs and Narratives of Polish Migrants in Berlin Part 4: Exploring Ethical Challenges in Research on Migration 7. The Beginning and End of a Beautiful Friendship: Ethical Issues in the Ethnographic Study of Sociality amongst Russian-speaking Migrants in London 8. Facets of Migrant Identity: Ethical Dilemmas in Research among Romanian Migrants in the UK
Ulrike Ziemer is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Winchester, UK.
Sean P. Roberts is a Visiting Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo.