Europe between Mobility and Sedentarism: Patterns of Cross-Border Practices and Their Consequences for European Identification

25 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2016

See all articles by Justyna Salamońska

Justyna Salamońska

'Gabriele d'Annunzio' University of Chieti-Pescara

Ettore Recchi

SciencesPo

Date Written: October 2016

Abstract

In this working paper we explore to what extent mobilities shape the everyday lives of Europeans. We map out the patterns of physical and virtual mobilities, including intra-European migrations, international travel, but also individual networks across borders and online transactions. In particular, we outline how free movement within the EU, one of the basic rights of EU citizens, is part and parcel of a broader ‘mobility mix’ of transnational practices. By applying LCA (latent class analysis) to a random sample of 6000 resident nationals in six EU member states (Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Romania: the EUCROSS survey of 2012) we build a typology of European cross-border practices, drawing a diversified picture of mobilities between two extreme positions of transnationalism and immobility. We describe in detail the typical configurations of social transnationalism in the light of their structuration on the basis of macro and micro categorical differences. Finally, we ask about the consequences of these mobilities for European integration. We do so by linking different mobility patterns identified with LCA analysis to identifications with Europe.

Keywords: cross-border practices, European identity, European integration, mobility, social transnationalism

Suggested Citation

Salamońska, Justyna and Recchi, Ettore, Europe between Mobility and Sedentarism: Patterns of Cross-Border Practices and Their Consequences for European Identification (October 2016). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2016/50. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2879338 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2879338

Justyna Salamońska (Contact Author)

'Gabriele d'Annunzio' University of Chieti-Pescara ( email )

Viale Pindaro 42
Chieti Scalo, Pescara 66013
Italy

Ettore Recchi

SciencesPo ( email )

Rue de l'Université 13
Paris
France

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