Drawing on unique research and rich data on cross-border practices, this book offers an empirically-based view on Europeans’ interconnections in everyday life. It looks at the ways in which EU residents have been getting closer across national frontiers: in their everyday experiences of foreign countries – work, travel, personal networks – but also their knowledge, consumption of foreign products, and attitudes towards foreign culture.
These evolving European dimensions have been enabled by the EU-backed legal opening to transnational economic and cultural transactions, while also differing according to national contexts. The book considers how people reconcile their increasing cross-border interconnections and a politically separating Europe of nation states and national interests.
“Students of international politics, academics and politicians will find much to concern them in this well-constructed, balanced research project and, it is to be hoped, will also heed the warnings it exposes.” Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship
''An excellent example of systematic sociological enquiry of Europeanisation. The book makes a significant contribution to the study of European identities and to the geography of transnational ties in Europe.'' Gerard Delanty, University of Sussex
Ettore Recchi is a Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po (Paris) and part-time Professor at the Migration Policy Centre of the EUI (Florence).
Adrian Favell is Chair in Sociology and Social Theory at the University of Leeds.
Fulya Apaydin is an Assistant Professor at Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).
Roxana Barbulescu is Academic Fellow in New Migrations in UK and Europe at the School of Sociology and Social Policy of the University of Leeds.
Michael Braun is a Project Consultant at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and Adjunct Professor at the University of Mannheim.
Irina Ciornei is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Bern.
Niall Cunningham is an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at Durham University.
Juan Díez Medrano is a Professor of Sociology at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Deniz Duru is a Postdoc and Assistant Professor at the Media, Cognition and Communication Department at the University of Copenhagen.
Laurie Hanquinet is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of York.
Janne Solgaard Jensen is head of section at the Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Steffen Pötzschke is Research Associate at the department Survey Design and Methodology (SDM) at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.
David Reimer is Professor in Educational Sociology at Aarhus University.
Justyna Salamońska is Deputy Director at the Centre of Migration Research and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology (University of Warsaw).
Mike Savage is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics.
Albert Varela is a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the Q-Step Centre at the University of Leeds.
Introduction. Social transnationalism in an unsettled continent ~ Favell and Recchi
Cartographies of social transnationalism ~ Savage, Cunningham, Reimer and Favell
The social structure of transnational practices ~ Salamońska and Recchi
Cultural boundaries and transnational consumption patterns ~ Hanquinet and Savage
Social transnationalism and supranational identifications ~ Pötzschke and Braun
Explaining supranational solidarity ~ Díez Medrano, Ciornei and Apaydin
Narratives and varieties of everyday transnationalism ~ Favell, Solgaard Jensen and Reimer
Understanding Romanians’ cross-border mobility in Europe: movers, stayers and returnees ~ Barbulescu, Ciornei and Varela
Transnational Turkey: the everyday transnationalism and diversity of Turkish populations in Europe ~ Duru, Favell and Varela
Epilogue. Is social transnationalism fusing European societies into one? ~ Recchi
Methodological appendix ~ Pötzschke, Braun, Ciornei and Apaydin