Negotiating Social Membership: Immigrant Claims-Making Contesting Borders and Boundaries in Multi-Ethnic Europe
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
The concept of social membership is the mainframe for this dissertation, which encompasses four independent articles that approach the boundaries of social membership from different perspectives. Empirically, the focus lies on mobilizing groups that demand an extension of rights and/or inclusion for documented and undocumented immigrants in two European immigration countries: Sweden and Spain. I have defined the processes through which mobilizing actors (immigrants themselves and diverse supporters of their cause) interact with boundary-making actors (institutional actors, policy makers), whom through their positions participate in drawing the boundaries between inclusion and exclusion, as negotiating social membership. To study these processes, I have performed 68 interviews with actors as mobilizing immigrants, activists mobilizing on behalf of immigrants, representatives of NGOs and trade unions, policy-makers and politicians. Two main types of claims appeared: undocumented migrants’ rights groups mobilizing for residence permits and social rights, and documented immigrants’ (and their supporters’) advocacy against ethnic discrimination. Furthermore, I have included a study that reflects the tensions over social membership within immigrant communities. The gendered dimension is its main focus, as it illustrates the value conflicts over gender equality and ethnic diversity brought to the surface through the debates following so-called honour killings in Sweden, and the difficulties faced by young immigrant women mobilizing simultaneously against racism and patriarchal oppression.
The thesis consists of four independent articles within the overall framework of mobilizing groups demanding extended rights for and/or inclusion of immigrants. By using immigrants’ rights mobilizations, negotiations, debates and agendas, my general aim has been to explore the processes through which social membership is being contested and negotiated by a wide range of actors. In doing so, it has been possible to reveal how legal and symbolic boundaries create exclusionary processes that pose constraints on the social membership of immigrants with different legal statuses.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2012. , 77 p.
Stockholm studies in sociology, ISSN 0491-0885 ; N.S., 55
Migration, Immigration, Social Membership, Claims-making, Contentious politics
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81513ISBN: 978-91-87235-04-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-81513DiVA: diva2:562384
2012-12-07, hörsal 3, hus B, Universitetsvägen 10 B, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
Williams, Fiona, Emeritus Professor
Hobson, Barbara, Professor
At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 1: Manuscript.2012-11-152012-10-242015-06-16Bibliographically approved
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