Archive for January, 2011

28 January 2011

Open access peer reviewed books

All of the IMISCOE-AUP Series’ peer-reviewed academic books are now available through the OAPEN Library, the first dedicated collection of freely available academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences from across Europe. The goals of the OAPEN Library are:

  • to promote Open Access book publishing by building a branded collection of OA peer-reviewed titles;
  • to increase the visibility and retrievability of high-quality European research;
  • to set quality standards for OA books, based on transparent procedures for peer review and recommendations for OA licences.

More information on OAPEN and the Library is available at (OAPEN Library).


1. Innovative Concepts for Alternative Migration Policies : Ten Innovative Approaches to the Challenges of Migration in the 21st Century
Jandl, Michael

2. The Dynamics of International Migration and Settlement in Europe : A State of the Art
Penninx, Rinus; Berger, Maria & Kraal, Karen

3. The Local Dimension of Migration Policymaking
Caponio, Tiziana & Borkert, Maren

4. Diaspora and Transnationalism : Concepts, Theories and Methods
Bauböck, Rainer & Faist, Thomas

5. Migrants and Markets : Perspectives from Economics and the Other Social Sciences
Kolb, Holger & Egbert, Henrik

6. ‘My Name Is Not Natasha’ : How Albanian Women in France Use Trafficking to Overcome Social Exclusion (1998-2001)
Davies, John

7. Illegal Residence and Public Safety in the Netherlands
Leerkes, Arjen

8. The Position of the Turkish and Moroccan Second Generation in Amsterdam and Rotterdam : The TIES Study in the Netherlands
Crul, Maurice & Heering, Liesbeth

9. Modes of Migration Regulation and Control in Europe
Doomernik, Jeroen & Jandl, Michael

10. Breaking Down Anonymity : Digital Surveillance of Irregular Migrants in Germany and the Netherlands
Broeders, Dennis

11. Understanding Processes of Ethnic Concentration and Dispersal : South Asian Residential Preferences in Glasgow
McGarrigle, Jennifer Leigh

12. Migration and Irregular Work in Austria : A Case Study of the Structure and Dynamics of Irregular Foreign Employment in Europe at the Beginning of the 21st Century
Jandl, Michael; Hollomey, Christina; Gendera, Sandra; Stepien, Anna & Bilger, Veronika

13. The Family in Question : Immigrant and Ethnic Minorities in Multicultural Europe
Grillo, Ralph

14. Citizenship in the Arab World : Kin, Religion and Nation-State
Parolin, Gianluca P.

15. Identity Processes and Dynamics in Multi-Ethnic Europe
Westin, Charles; Bastos, José; Dahinden, Janine & Góis, Pedro

16. Immigrant Associations, Integration and Identity : Angolan, Brazilian and Eastern European Communities in Portugal
Sardinha, João

17. Statistics and Reality : Concepts and Measurements of Migration in Europe
Fassmann, Heinz; Reeger, Ursula & Sievers, Wiebke

18. Sri Lankan Housemaids in Lebanon : A Case of ‘Symbolic Violence’ and ‘Everyday Forms of Resistance’
Moukarbel, Nayla

19. Paradoxes of Social Capital : A Multi-Generational Study of Moroccans in London
Cherti, Myriam

20. Practising Citizenship and Heterogeneous Nationhood : Naturalisations in Swiss Municipalities
Helbling, Marc

21. Migration and Citizenship : Legal Status, Rights and Political Participation
Bauböck, Rainer

22. Illegal Migration and Gender in a Global and Historical Perspective
Schrover, Marlou; Leun, Joanne van der; Lucassen, Leo & Quispel, Chris

23. Getting by in Europe’s Urban Labour Markets : Senegambian Migrants’ Strategies for Survival, Documentation and Mobility
Nieuwenhuyze, Inge Van

24. L’Imaginaire du Complot : Discours d’extrême droite en France et aux Etats-Unis
Jamin, Jérôme

25. Citizenship Policies in the New Europe : Expanded and Updated Edition
Bauböck, Rainer; Perchinig, Bernhard & Sievers, Wiebke

26. International Migration in Europe : New Trends and New Methods of Analysis
Bonifazi, Corrado; Okólski, Marek; Schoorl, Jeannette & Simon, Patrick

27. Navigating Borders : Inside Perspectives on the Process of Human Smuggling into the Netherlands
Liempt, Ilse van

28. Globalisation, Migration and Socio-Economic Change in Contemporary Greece : Processes of Social Incorporation of Balkan Immigrants in Thessaloniki
Hatziprokopiou, Panos Arion

29. Citizenship Policies in the New Europe
Bauböck, Rainer; Perchinig, Bernhard & Sievers, Wiebke

30. Dynamic Entrepreneurship : First and Second-Generation Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Dutch Cities
Rusinovic, Katja

31. The Immigrant Organising Process : Turkish Organisations in Amsterdam and Berlin and Surinamese Organisations in Amsterdam, 1960-2000
Vermeulen, Floris

32. Narratives of Place, Culture and Identity : Second-Generation Greek-Americans Return ‘Home’
Christou, Anastasia

33. Acquisition and Loss of Nationality|Volume 1: Comparative Analyses : Policies and Trends in 15 European Countries
Bauböck, Rainer; Ersbøll, Eva; Groenendijk, Kees & Waldrauch, Harald

34. Secularism or Democracy? : Associational Governance of Religious Diversity
Bader, Veit

35. Paths of Integration : Migrants in Western Europe (1880-2004)
Lucassen, Leo; Feldman, David & Oltmer, Jochen

36. Acquisition and Loss of Nationality|Volume 2: Country Analyses : Policies and Trends in 15 European Countries
Bauböck, Rainer; Ersbøll, Eva; Groenendijk, Kees & Waldrauch, Harald

37. In debat over Nederland : Veranderingen in het discours over de multiculturele samenleving en nationale identiteit
Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid & Sleegers, Fleur

38. City in Sight : Dutch Dealings with Urban Change
Duyvendak, Jan Willem; Hendriks, Frank & Niekerk, Mies van

39. Doing Good or Doing Better : Development Policies in a Globalising World
Kremer, Monique; Lieshout, Peter van & Went, Robert

25 January 2011

Citizenship row in the UK

Once again, the curriculum is the site of emotional debates about what counts as “vital knowledge”, what kinds of memories, experiences, practices, stories, etc. “we” (who?) should be sharing.

On Thursday, Michael Grove, Conservative Education Minister, launched a review of the English national curriculum. There are concerns about what would follow forpolitical participation if Citizenship is no longer be a mandatory subject.

Two sides (both from The Guardian). In the red corner,

Last month, ministers unveiled which subjects would make up part of the new English baccalaureate qualification: maths, English, science, foreign languages and a humanity, such as history or geography. Gove has said that his intention is to “restore the national curriculum to its original purpose – a core national entitlement organised around subject disciplines”.

And in the blue corner,

Andy Thornton, chief executive of the Citizenship Foundation, said […] cutting citizenship would mean a return to “an era where only the privileged few will learn about how our democracy works, how laws are made, where our taxes go, and how they can make a difference in their communities”.

Check also the heated online comments reacting to the Guardian’s stories.

23 January 2011

Queer teens, LGBT issues and mediation

Two emails I received this week with quite different takes on the media images of LGBT public. First, the abstract of a paper by Jeffrey A. Bennett in Critical Studies in Media Communication 27(5): 455-476. Queer Teenagers and the Mediation of Utopian Catastrophe.

Recent cover stories about queer teenagers mark a noticeable shift in the discourse surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) publics. Contemporary media reports have repositioned the multifarious identities of queer teens as sites of unease for contemporary queer politics. Employing a framework that emphasizes the dialogical relationship among the tropes of utopia and apocalypse to scrutinize media coverage, this analysis explores the anxieties and possibilities generated by queer teens. Young queers are simultaneously understood as both political separatists from earlier movements, as well as disinterested assimilationists. The thematics of sexual fluidity and neoliberal individualism are highlights of this discourse, each being carefully tempered by the cultural force of assimilation.

Second, a more number-crunching style of analysis by Media Tenor.

LGBT Image Tied to DADT, Marriage

US TV coverage stays focused on two central topics

New York, January 21, 2010. Social policy issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are arguably some of the most controversial in the US. Two main topics, same-sex marriage rights and the US military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, have largely defined the media coverage related to LGBT themes since 2004.

In fact, Media Tenor’s data show that US TV coverage of LGBT themes is dominated by these two issues. While occasional coverage has been offered on other LGBT topics since 2004 – including teen suicide related to anti-LGBT bullying, the passage of LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation, LGBT-focused protests by extremist religious groups, and high-profile celebrities in the LGBT community – LGBT issues as presented to the TV audience have boiled down to love and war.

Media Tenor has found that spikes in US TV coverage on LGBT themes since 2004 correspond to specific advocacy, judicial and legislative events on related issues. The high volume of coverage in the first quarter of 2004, for example, was the result first of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court informing the state senate that civil unions were an inadequate alternative to marriage for same-sex couples in the state. This resulted not just in a path to legalized same-sex marriage in the state (which would begin later that year in May), but in San Francisco city and county officials issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Over a four day period adjacent to Valentine’s Day, thousands of marriage licenses were issued, an event which received significant media coverage and began the legal wrangling over same-sex marriage in California, despite the fact that the San Francisco licenses were later ruled invalid. That legal wrangling continues to this day in the form of appeals cases regarding Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the state after a period, not directly connected to the San Francisco licenses, of legalization.

Other increases in coverage volume reflect similarly dramatic events, although none made quite as compelling a visual story – a key element in television news selection – as the San Francisco licenses. In the second quarter of 2008, coverage spiked again in response to two critical court cases: one which struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriages (which then became in available in June of that year, until they were disallowed by the vote on Proposition 8) and another in which the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that declared DADT unconstitutional in a case brought against the US Air Force. Finally, the last half of 2010 saw significant coverage on LGBT topics as increased pressure from advocacy groups and Congressional debate about DADT, which was ultimately repealed during the lame-duck session, came i nto focus. There were also several lower-profile state-level legislative and judicial events related to same-sex marriage rights during this time.The Southern Poverty Law Center, a US NGO dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry through monitoring activities, legal advocacy and education, in its most recent Intelligence Report (Winter 2010) focused on LGBT people as the minority most likely to be targeted by hate crimes based on a 14-year analysis of federal hate crimes data. However, other statistics related to LGBT people have been more positive, including a Roper poll conducted in August 2010 that found, for the first time, that a majority of those polled feel the federal government should recognize same-sex marriages (52% compared to 46% in 2009). Media Tenor data show these attitudinal disagreements on LGBT-related legal rights reflected in the US TV coverage, which tends to showcase both those celebrating advances in LGBT rights and as well as those in oppositi on, generally due to concerns about “family values” or military readiness – positions generally associated with conservative politics in the US.

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21 January 2011

Performing intermediality

Lovely short video on “Performing Intermediality” at the research centre on Sound and Movement in Munich (in German).


6 January 2011

Sarrazin “statistically illiterate”

Finally, a major story in a major German newspaper which contests Thilo Sarrazin’s argument about Germany becoming increasingly stupid because more stupid people, especially Muslim immigrants, are having more children than university educated white non-Muslims (yes, he really does argue that).

Der Tagesspiegel quotes Hans Wolfgang Brachinger who sees “statistical illiteracy” at work in the whole Sarrazin debate. Not only Sarrazin but also the journalists and critics commenting on the book have no idea how to interpret the statistics.

Texts on the topic, offering an alternative reading of the statistics, via Der Tagesspiegel (in German):

The German blogs, of course, said all this back in September (e.g. nachdenkseiten, spiegelfechter, bildblog, and my favourite blog post on this: at weissgarnix)