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From Migrations to New Mobilities in the European Union: Italians in Berlin Between Anomie and Multi-situated Identity
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. (Environmental Humanities Laboratory)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6425-5756
2016 (English)In: AEMI Journal, ISSN 1729-3561, Vol. 1, no 13-14, 174-181 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

“Une ville transhumante, ou metaphorique, s’insinue ainsi dans le texte clair de la ville planifiée et lisible”[1]. This statement perfectly enlightens the relationship between urban space and new forms of mobility in the European Union. Havens of many transnational patterns: here’s what globalized world cities[2] are turned in.

The 2008 crisis cut the bond that tied a generation of high skilled workers and globalized multicultural citizens[3] to their homeland, giving them the opportunity - or the necessity - to leave their countries. Paraphrasing Sayad[4], they suffer a double absence: they have been left behind by their States welfare and work policies and they experience a multiple social identity, that doesn’t lie within a Nation State or neither in an assimilation or integration process. World cities are gates of circular life and multi-situated identity[5] patterns opened by English proficiency, work and educational skills, and common cultural belonging.

From a socio-historical perspective, Italians in Berlin are the perfect case study to reconstruct new mobility patterns and new mobile agency in the EU[6]. The traditional chain migration, diaspora and push and pull models can’t explain the nature of these new identity patterns, vivified by web social networks and new mobility possibilities[7].

[1] De Certeau (1990), p. 142

[2] Cfr. Taylor (2001); (2004)

[3] Smith, Favel (2006); Brandi (2001)

[4] Sayad (1999)

[5] Sassen (2008); Castels (2005)

[6] Del Pra’ (2006)

[7] Netnography, oral sources and interdisciplinary approach are more and more important to analyze “communities of sentiments” (Appadurai 1996) in migration studies.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris, 2016. Vol. 1, no 13-14, 174-181 p.
Keyword [en]
Migration, Italians, Berlin, New Mobilities, Gentrification, Identity
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-193662OAI: diva2:1033519

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