Transnational migrants in Europe. Stigmatization, juridicization and trade union activism

Dupeyron B (2010) COMCAD Arbeitspapiere - working papers; 79.
Bielefeld: COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development.

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Methodological nationalism restricts the focus on transnational migrants in Europe, in particular in the Upper-Rhine border area (France-Germany-Switzerland). Three main limitations can be underlined: to start with, the ignorance of nationalism in contemporary social science research, including in migration and border studies; moreover, the naturalization of the nation-state that contributes to shape numerous social science biases; finally, territorial limitations that constrain research topics (Wimmer and Glick Schiller 2002). To overcome those issues, this research combines three methodological perspectives: first, a socio-historical analysis of transnational migrants in the Rhineland area, in order to comprehend past and contemporary dynamics; second, a socio-political approach that stresses the migrants’ "ways of being" (Glick Schiller 2005), including their activism and rhetoric, e.g. direct observations and interviews in multiple sites; third, a pluri-scalar approach that implies several levels of analysis, e.g. local, regional, cross-border, transnational and supra-national. The analysis of transnational migrants’ public action in the Rhineland Valley suggests a triple hypothesis: those transnational migrants’ activists elaborate a public iscourse against a specific political and social stigmatization (Becker [1963] 1997); they also institutionalize and reinforce social movements with highly trained lawyers that defend their interests at the highest European jurisdictional level; they create empirically an original form of transnational quasi-trade unions.
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Dupeyron B. Transnational migrants in Europe. Stigmatization, juridicization and trade union activism. COMCAD Arbeitspapiere - working papers. Vol 79. Bielefeld: COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development; 2010.
Dupeyron, B. (2010). Transnational migrants in Europe. Stigmatization, juridicization and trade union activism (COMCAD Arbeitspapiere - working papers, 79). Bielefeld: COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development.
Dupeyron, B. (2010). Transnational migrants in Europe. Stigmatization, juridicization and trade union activism. COMCAD Arbeitspapiere - working papers, 79, Bielefeld: COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development.
Dupeyron, B., 2010. Transnational migrants in Europe. Stigmatization, juridicization and trade union activism, COMCAD Arbeitspapiere - working papers, no.79, Bielefeld: COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development.
B. Dupeyron, Transnational migrants in Europe. Stigmatization, juridicization and trade union activism, COMCAD Arbeitspapiere - working papers, vol. 79, Bielefeld: COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development, 2010.
Dupeyron, B.: Transnational migrants in Europe. Stigmatization, juridicization and trade union activism. COMCAD Arbeitspapiere - working papers, 79. COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development, Bielefeld (2010).
Dupeyron, Bruno. Transnational migrants in Europe. Stigmatization, juridicization and trade union activism. Bielefeld: COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development, 2010. COMCAD Arbeitspapiere - working papers. 79.
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