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Eurostars and Eurocities. Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe. Studies in Urban and Social Change

  • ID: 2248880
  • Book
  • Region: Europe
  • 296 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The European Union is founded on the idea of free movement. A generation of West European citizens referred to by the author as ′Eurostars′ have pioneered a new kind of highly skilled and educated migration. In an integrating Europe built on economic theories, they appeared to face none of the discrimination and limitations on work and settlement that still restrict other migrants in Europe. And nowhere was the cosmopolitan promise of European free movement more in evidence than in Amsterdam, London, and Brussels three classic ′Eurocities′. Yet there is a human dimension to European integration. Even with all formal legal barriers down, things are not always so simple. 60 in–depth interviews and more than five years of ethnographic and documentary research unearth some startling revelations and contradictions about life in a Europe supposedly without frontiers. A book about real people and real places,Eurostars and Eurocities is a rare combination of literary style and scholarly analysis. At its core lie the intimate stories of some remarkable individuals and families, who left their comfortable local career paths and family lives to embark on an uncertain European future.
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Series Editors Preface.

Preface.

1. FREEDOM–VRIJHEID–LIBERTÉ.

A Management Consultant s Tale.

2. NEW AMSTERDAM.

A Logistics Manager s Tale.

3. LONDON CALLS.

A Data Analyst s Tale.

4. BRUSSELS–BRUSSEL–BRUXELLES.

An Architect s Tale.

5. MIGRATION.

An Estate Agent s Tale.

6. MOBILITY (1).

A Social Worker s Tale.

7. MOBILITY (2).

A Landlady s Tale.

8. SETTLEMENT.

A Businessman s Tale.

9. INTEGRATION (1).

A Graphic Designer s Tale.

10. INTEGRATION (2).

A Media Manager s Tale.

11. LONDON LOVES.

A City Broker s Tale.

12. OLD AMSTERDAM.

A Journalist s Tale.

13. ANOMIE.

An IT Consultant s Tale.

14. EUROPA.

Postface.

Appendix 1: Summary of interviews.

Appendix 2: A note on methodology.

Notes.

Bibliographical essay.

Index of interviewees.

Index

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"The book is well written and holds ones attention in the analysis as well as the firsthand accounts." (The Delta Intercultural Academy, 1 September 2011)

"Self–consciously and by design not a conventional social science product, Favell′s book propels the reader much as a novel would into the private lives of 60 ′pioneers of European integration,′ educated and highly skilled trailblazers representing the ′small but symbolically powerful population′ who have voluntarily left their ′nation–state society′ to reap the rewards of denizenship in a big, rich Eurocity in northwest Europe." (American Journal of Sociology, September 2009)

"Favell analyses the new migration trends, challenges to the welfare state, and forms of urban cosmopolitanism linked to processes of European integration." (European Urban Knowledge Network Research & Practice Review, February 2009)

"In his new book, sociologist Adrian Favell challenges the belief that ′Eurostars′ or high–flying expat Europeans, can live successfully anywhere in the EU." (Time Out Amsterdam, January 2009)

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