Triandafyllidou, Anna Books
Dr. Anna Triandafyllidou is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and works occasionally as expert for the European Commission. She received her Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. She has taught and conducted research at the London School of Economics, New York University, and the Italian National Research Foundation. Since 1999, Dr. Triandafyllidou has worked as Research Fellow and Project Coordinator at the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies, in the European University Institute.2006 0-7734-5766-6
This book concentrates on the migration experiences of Polish legal and undocumented migrants in four European countries (Germany, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom). It explores why and how immigrants leave their homes, how they develop network ties with fellow nationals or natives, how they seek to improve their living and working conditions, if and how they adapt to the host country and/or how they move on returning to Poland or going elsewhere. The aim of the book is to look at the migration experience from the insiders’ perspective. For this reason, four chapters are devoted to presenting the original narratives of the immigrants’ life stories. In the analytical chapters, we discuss the migration trajectories of Poles in different European countries with a view to assessing in what ways their plans and experiences reflect new types of mobility and migration in Europe. We question the dynamics of the labor market and the ways in which the migrants connect their past experiences in a Sociality country to their new lives in their destination countries. We also pay particular attention to the gender and the identity aspects of contemporary migration as population flows from Poland to western and southern European countries are marked by a large female component.2002 0-7734-7129-4
This study argues that national identities in Europe go through a process of transformation. The process of European integration, on one hand, and increasing migration flows and the affirmation of cultural identities on the other, have led to a re-definition not only of the content of national identities but also of their nature. Interaction between national, sub-national and transnational forms of collective identification are governance has given way to a more flexible view of nationhood, which affirms uniqueness and difference but also accepts commonality with Others. The empirical material presented in this book provides an overview of collective identities in contemporary Europe and highlights their evolution during the past twenty years. The study concentrates on the national press, because the media are seen as an important carrier of identity discourses. The study of representations of ‘Us, the nation,’ relevant outgroups, and the interaction between them starts with the end of the Cold War era, goes through the collapse of the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, and reaches the present and the realization of a European Union. Images of the nation in four EU member-states – Britain, Germany, Greece and Italy – are analyzed. Furthermore, their intertwining with or contrast to representations of the European Union, images of other Western and Central-Eastern European nations, as well as ethnic minorities and immigrant communities are highlighted. At the theoretical level, the book explores how transnational and sub-national challenges to the power and legitimacy of the nation are dealt with in the national press discourse. The extent to which national identity is compatible, or indeed, overlaps with notions of a European identity and culture are also discussed. In answering these questions, new conceptual tools for the study of national identity in contemporary European societies are explored.