Special Issue "Migrant Organizations: Multifunctional and Flexible Providers of Social Protection and Welfare in Changing Societies"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2022) | Viewed by 11056
Interests: migration sociology; transnationality; cultural sociology; social inequality; qualitative methods
Interests: social well-being; social coexistence; socio-spatial context research
Over the last decade, the landscape of migrant organizations (MOs) has rapidly changed. As they have increased in numbers and consolidated their structures, they now address a wide range of problems and offer manifold social services. While MOs previously tended to be marginalized, many of them have been able to accumulate considerable political and economic power and are now important actors in the civil societies of many countries around the world. Their strength lies in their multifunctionality and flexibility to respond to the changing needs of migrant populations. They engage in the political representation of migrants in local communities, especially for people who suffer from social deprivation and limited access to political power. However, they not only facilitate migrants’ different ties and attachments to local communities, but also their connections to their countries of origin. MOs often cooperate with various other organizations, thereby contributing to the exchange of information and resource flows within and across borders. Because of these multifaceted roles taken on by MOs, they actively engage in debates around migration and thereby shape new understandings of ethnicity, citizenship and belonging. Not least, they increase the well-being and social protection of migrants and their families worldwide.
Their growing importance notwithstanding, we continue to lack a profound understanding of the structures, functions, and engagement of MOs and their interconnectedness with other organizations and institutions across various fields and disciplines. This Special Issue addresses this gap by exploring new empirical research related to Mos, with an emphasis on illuminating their role for the well-being, life chances and access to social protection among migrants and their families. We welcome submissions that tackle these issues using various methodologies and theoretical perspectives, not restricted to any geographical space. We are particularly interested in submissions that advance innovative, inclusive and participatory approaches, and research that considers co-production and partnerships with various stakeholders (NGOs, local service providers, activists) and (migrant) communities.
Prof. Dr. Karolina Barglowski
Prof. Dr. Sören Petermann
Dr. Thorsten Schlee
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- social protection
- migrant organizations
- social risks
- participatory approaches