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Nation and Migration

How Citizens in Europe Are Coping with Xenophobia

Nation and Migration provides a way to understand recent migration events in Europe that have attracted the world's attention. The emergence of the nations in the West promised homogenization, but instead the imagined national communities have everywhere become places of heterogeneity, and modern nation states have been haunted by the specter of minorities. This study analyses experiences relating to migration in 23 European countries. It is based on data from the International Social Survey Programme, a global cross-national collaborative exercise, with surveys made in 1995, 2003, and 2013. In the authors' view, a critical test for Europe will be its ability to find adequate responses to the challenges of globalization.

The book provides a detailed overview of how citizens in Europe are coping with a xenophobia fueled by their own sense of insecurity. The authors reconstruct the competing sociological reactions to migration in the forms of integration, assimilation and segregation. Hungary receives special attention: the data show that people living there are far less closed and xenophobic than they might seem through the prism of a media-instigated moral panic.

About the Authors

György Csepeli is professor emeritus of social psychology, head of the Interdisciplinary Social Research Doctoral Program at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. His research areas cover the social psychology of intergroup relations including national identity in a comparative perspective, anti-Semitism, anti-Gypsy feelings.

Antal Örkény is professor of sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Eötvös Lóránd University of Budapest. He is the director of the Institute for Social Relations including three departments (Minority Studies, Social Psychology, Cultural Anthropology); from 2011 he is heading the Post Graduate (PhD) Program in social sciences at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and is a visiting Professor at Central European University, Budapest.


"Nation and Migration is a pioneering book. Using migration as the central focus, Csepeli and Örkény made their earlier research on the topic even more relevant to our contemporary problems. They use an exceptionally rich database and manage to offer an analysis which is exemplary by the standards of the international literature on the question of nationalism, ethnicity, xenophobia and migration. The book is inspired by the work of Jenő Szűcs on the 'three regions of Europe,' but they move in a creative was beyond Szűcs, by distinguishing six rather than just three regions of Europe. They see the 'West' as divided between the Center, the South, the North and Great Britain. As one could anticipate, the North (Sweden) was the most inclusive for 'others,' and Great Britain was more exclusive, much like Eastern Europe and South Eastern Europe."—Ivan Szelenyi
Central European University Press

9789633863671 : nation-and-migration-csepeli-orkeny
240 Pages
$65.00 USD

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