Eurostars and Eurocities: Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe
July 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- Based on sixty in-depth interviews of free moving European citizens, and more than five years of ethnographic and documentary research, it uncovers the rarely studied human dimension of European integration
- Examines the mobility, lifestyle and career opportunities created by the borderless society of the European Union, as well as the barriers that still persist
- Analyses the new migration trends, challenges to the welfare state, and forms of urban cosmopolitanism linked to processes of European integration
A Management Consultant’s Tale.
2. NEW AMSTERDAM.
A Logistics Manager’s Tale.
3. LONDON CALLS.
A Data Analyst’s Tale.
An Architect’s Tale.
An Estate Agent’s Tale.
6. MOBILITY (1).
A Social Worker’s Tale.
7. MOBILITY (2).
A Landlady’s Tale.
A Businessman’s Tale.
9. INTEGRATION (1).
A Graphic Designer’s Tale.
10. INTEGRATION (2).
A Media Manager’s Tale.
11. LONDON LOVES.
A City Broker’s Tale.
12. OLD AMSTERDAM.
A Journalist’s Tale.
An IT Consultant’s Tale.
Appendix 1: Summary of interviews.
Appendix 2: A note on methodology.
Index of interviewees.
- Based on 60 interviews in Amsterdam, London and Brussels, and
featuring 13 in-depth portraits of resident foreign
- Examines the mobility, lifestyle and career opportunities
created by the borderless society of the European Union, as well as
the barriers that still persist
- Analyzes the new migration trends, challenges to the welfare
state, and forms of urban cosmopolitanism linked to processes of
- A rare combination of literary style and scholarly analysis
"Self-consciously and by design not a conventional social science product, Favell's book propels the reader much as a novel would into the private lives of 60 'pioneers of European integration,' educated and highly skilled trailblazers representing the 'small but symbolically powerful population' who have voluntarily left their 'nation-state society' to reap the rewards of denizenship in a big, rich Eurocity in northwest Europe." (American Journal of Sociology, September 2009)
"Favell analyses the new migration trends, challenges to the welfare state, and forms of urban cosmopolitanism linked to processes of European integration." (European Urban Knowledge Network Research & Practice Review, February 2009)
"In his new book, sociologist Adrian Favell challenges the belief that 'Eurostars' or high-flying expat Europeans, can live successfully anywhere in the EU." (Time Out Amsterdam, January 2009)"A fascinating insight into the crucial and elusive topic of European identity, Eurostars and Eurocities is a pleasure to read."
—Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
"Who are the Europeans? Eurostars and Eurocities presents
a convincing portrait of the pitfalls, opportunities, sorrows and
joys of people who have decided to give life a go in another
—Neil Fligstein, University of California, Berkeley
"A rich ethnography that will surely become a major historical
document of the experiences of free movers in the EU."
—Juan Díez Medrano, University of Barcelona