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Migration, Boundaries and Differentiated Citizenship: Contested Frameworks for Inclusion and Exclusion


  • Terry Wotherspoon

    (Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada)


Contemporary migration across borders is beset by contradictory pressures and challenges. Some borders remain relatively open, especially for potential immigrants with valued skills and assets or for humanitarian reasons, but in many other cases borders are becoming increasingly more regulated or impermeable. The differential capacities for mobility that accompany these developments are contributing to new categories and hierarchies of citizenship and belonging which are being shaped by and exacerbate significant social, economic and political inequalities. This editorial highlights core relationships that have emerged in the process of regulating geographical and social boundaries in different national contexts, focusing on the intersections between dynamics of social inclusion and exclusion and the construction of differential categories of citizenship. The editorial establishes a framework for the articles that follow in this thematic issue, emphasizing the contested, fragmented, variable and highly uneven nature of borders and citizenship regimes.

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  • Terry Wotherspoon, 2018. "Migration, Boundaries and Differentiated Citizenship: Contested Frameworks for Inclusion and Exclusion," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 6(3), pages 153-161.
  • Handle: RePEc:cog:socinc:v:6:y:2018:i:3:p:153-161

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    1. Christiane Timmerman & Meia Walravens & Joris Michielsen & Nevriye Acar & Lore Van Praag, 2018. "A Migration Project in Retrospect: The Case of the Ageing Zero Generation in Emirdağ," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 6(3), pages 260-269.
    2. Peter Kærgaard Andersen & Lasse Mouritzen & Kristine Samson, 2018. "Becoming Citizen: Spatial and Expressive Acts when Strangers Move In," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 6(3), pages 210-228.
    3. Andy Jolly, 2018. "No Recourse to Social Work? Statutory Neglect, Social Exclusion and Undocumented Migrant Families in the UK," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 6(3), pages 190-200.
    4. Synnøve Bendixsen, 2018. "Differentiation of Rights in the Norwegian Welfare State: Hierarchies of Belonging and Humanitarian Exceptionalism," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 6(3), pages 162-171.
    5. Anne-Kathrin Will, 2018. "On “Genuine” and “Illegitimate” Refugees: New Boundaries Drawn by Discriminatory Legislation and Practice in the Field of Humanitarian Reception in Germany," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 6(3), pages 172-189.
    6. Kenneth Horvath, 2018. "Fixed Narratives and Entangled Categorizations: Educational Problematizations in Times of Politicized and Stratified Migration," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 6(3), pages 237-247.
    7. Yaojun Li, 2018. "Integration Journey: The Social Mobility Trajectory of Ethnic Minority Groups in Britain," Social Inclusion, Cogitatio Press, vol. 6(3), pages 270-281.
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