- Edited by Kathy Burrell, De Montfort University, UK
- Series : Studies in Migration and Diaspora
Since the 2004 enlargement of the European Union over half a million Polish migrants have registered to work in the United Kingdom, constituting one of the largest migration movements in contemporary Europe. Drawing on research undertaken across a wide range of disciplines – history, economics, sociology, anthropology, film studies and discourse analysis – and focusing on both the Polish and British aspects of this phenomenon - both emigration and immigration – this edited collection investigates what is actually new about this migration flow, what its causes and consequences are, and how these migrants' lives have changed by moving to the United Kingdom. As the first book to deal with Polish migration to the United Kingdom, Polish Migration to the UK in the 'New' European Union will appeal to scholars across a range of social sciences, whose work concerns migration and the migration process.
Contents: Introduction: migration to the UK from Poland: continuity and change in East-West European mobility, Kathy Burrell; Part I Contexts, Strategies and Discourses of Emigration: Migration: a threat or a chance? Recent migration of Poles and its impact on the Polish labour market, Agnieszka Fihel and Pawel Kaczmarczyk; Changing patterns of Polish labour migration after the UK's opening of the labour market? Insights from rural case-studies in the Opolskie and Swietokrzyskie voivodships, Tim Elrick and Emilia Brinkmeier; Family migration from small-town Poland: a livelihood strategy approach, Anne White; Discourses of a 'normal life' among post-accession migrants from Poland to Britain, Aleksandra Galasinska and Olga Kozlowska; In search of freedom, bread and self-fulfilment; a short history of Polish emigrants in fictional film, Ewa Mazierska. Part II Experiences of Immigration and 'Settlement': Shared history? Polish migrant experiences and the politics of display in Northern Ireland, Maruška Svašek; Recent Polish migrants in London: accessing and participating in social networks across borders, Louise Ryan, Rosemary Sales and Mary Tilki; UK Poles and the negotiation of gender and ethnic identity in cyberspace, Bernadetta Siara; 'This is special humour': visual narratives of Polish masculinities on London's building sites, Ayona Datta; The material worlds of recent Polish migrants: transnationalism, food, shops and home, Marta Rabikowska and Kathy Burrell; Conclusion: Polish migration to the UK after 2004, Kathy Burrell; Index.
About the Editor: Kathy Burrell is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at De Montfort University, UK.
Reviews: 'Burrell and her colleagues have produced a compelling and timely collection. Each chapter successfully challenges us to go beyond the sometimes caricatured accounts of recent Polish migration and to think carefully about the many and diverse experiences, scales and discourses of emigration and immigration, setting these unfolding processes in their proper historical and geographical context. This book sets a daunting standard for future work.'
Alison Stenning, Newcastle University, UK
'The book brings together various disciplines, including sociology, economics, history, linguistics and cultural studies...The volume covers a variety of issues related to recent migration from Poland to the UK...The case study focus allows the authors to move beyond the numbers and statistics and to explore this migration process in a more in-depth way.'
Translocatins: Migration & Social Change
'…a much welcomed, timely and engaging contribution …'
Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law
'Kathy Burrell's volume delivers much more than what it says on the tin. It spans an unexpected range from quantitative to qualitative analysis. Indeed, despite the title, which might lead one to expect a number-crunching analysis, the bulk of the book is satisfyingly qualitative and narrative…This is altogether an exciting volume which should be in the libraries of all Geography and Sociology departments.'
Social & Cultural Geography
'This collected volume is an important addition to understanding the new issues raised by extending rights of entry to Europeans from societies much poorer than Britain, France, Germany, Scandinavia and Benelux.' Journal of Population Research
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