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The politics of scaling, timing and embodying: rethinking the 'New Europe'.

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Journal publication date1/11/2006
JournalMobilities
Journal number3
Volume1
Number of pages19
Pages313-331
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper explores ways in which we can fruitfully analyse and theorize 'New Europe' through migration, in so far as migration is an integral part of the way the world is imagined, and as such impacts on how individuals, communities, nations or multi/international formations such as the European Union imagine themselves and their (co)inhabitants. The article discusses three theoretical strands that relate to the forces of spatiality (scaling), temporality (timing and histories) and corporeality (embodying and 'the European people'). These must be read as interwoven and impacting on each other in varying ways that are not linear, coherent or permanent. By bridging critical migration studies with mobilities studies, this essay calls for a reconsideration of the fluidity, accessibility and desirability of the assumed mobile world, while it also thinks about migration in relation to the ways in which 'mobility' has been variously established as a universal 'right'.

Bibliographic note

This article was part of a special issue co-edited by Fortier and Lewis on 'Migrant Horizons'. Apart from Fortier's lead article it also contains an Introduction co-written by Fortier RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Sociology