Selling One’s Favourite Piano to Emigrate: Mobility Patterns in Central Europe at the Beginning of the 21st Century

Editor: Jakub Isański and Piotr Luczys
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Date Of Publication: July 2011
ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-2969-4
ISBN (10): 1-4438-2969-2

Description:
International migration is a common phenomenon of the contemporary world; however, not all the aspects of migration are adequately investigated. In this book, migration is described by academics from various European countries who see it not only as an economic, but mainly as a social process. Thirteen texts, written by authors from seven countries, consider migration from various perspectives regarding its social consequences for migrants, their families and entire societies. Although the majority of the texts pertain to the Polish context (connected with Poles as migrants, but not necessarily Poland as a country), in general, the book can be qualified as an illustration of current migration from the less developed parts of the unified Europe, which impacts on the economies and societies of the European continent. A few years ago, one had to sell their favourite belonging, a piano, to collect money for the journey. These days it is much more accessible, but not less complex, and various examples from this book offer a unique insight into the variety of human flows in the contemporary world.


Jakub Isański is Adjunct at the Institute of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. He wrote his dissertation about staged authenticity in tourism, and was involved in a number of research projects on the social aspects of human mobility. He is currently working in a research project on social networks in social and human capital issues.

 

Piotr Luczys is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. The title of his MA thesis was “City as a category of perceiving social reality.” He is currently writing a dissertation on how sociologists could use maps in empirical researches and how sociological knowledge could change contemporary cartographic tools. His research interests include urban sociology, human geography, architecture and urban planning, revitalization, sociology of knowledge, cognitive sciences, methodology of social sciences.

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